The Safina Center

Coho salmon.Coho salmon.Photo taken by: Carl Safina

Species has a combination of problems such as overfishing, high bycatch, and poor management.
Tuna, Albacore – Longline (besides U.S. Hawaii) These fish contain levels of mercury or PCBs that may pose a health risk to adults and children.

Albacore Tuna are a highly migratory fish found throughout the world’s temperate and tropical seas. While Albacore in the Pacific Ocean is reasonably abundant and healthy, it’s less abundant in the North Atlantic.

Longlines are the most common method used to catch Albacore Tuna. They result in large quantities of bycatch, including threatened or endangered species such as sea turtles, sharks and seabirds. Since there are few international laws to reduce bycatch, these longline fleets are contributing heavily to the long-term decline of some of these species.

Full Seafood Watch species report here.

This fish may have high levels of mercury that could pose a health risk to adults and children. More info here about mercury in tuna. Check out our mercury in seafood section.