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 (BIN’NAGA MAGURO) – Pacific (except Hawaii), Longline These fish contain levels of mercury or PCBs that may pose a health risk to adults and children. Our source of information is  We also recommend that you check local advisories.

Albacore Tuna are a migratory, schooling fish with a high reproductive rate. Albacore Tuna in the Pacific Ocean are at a healthy abundance and fishing levels are sustainable.

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. In the Pacific, few international regulations have been implemented to protect tuna populations or to reduce impacts on non-target species.

When fishing for tuna, longlines do not typically contact bottom habitats. However, because these fisheries catch several top-predator species, there is some concern that these fisheries may affect ocean food webs and ecosystems.

Full Western Pacific species report here.
Full Eastern Pacific 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.