Some problems exist with this species' status or catch methods, or information is insufficient for evaluating.Tuna, Bigeye (Maguro) – U.S. Atlantic, GreenstickThese 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.

Bigeye Tuna are a large fish, growing to over 200 kg (440 lbs), and are found throughout the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. They grow reasonably fast, can release millions of eggs each year, and can live to 10 years. In the Atlantic Ocean, high fishing levels have depleted the Bigeye Tuna population.

Greenstick gear was developed to reduce bycatch of vulnerable species that is typical in tuna longline fisheries. The “greenstick” is a large fiberglass pole (which is green – hence the name) with a 500-800 ft. fishing line with 10 squid lures to attract tuna species. This fishing method is highly selective, resulting in little bycatch. Greenstick gear does not contact bottom habitats.

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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.