The Safina Center

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

Some problems exist with this species' status or catch methods, or information is insufficient for evaluating. Tuna, Yellowfin (Maguro) – Atlantic, Pole, Troll & Handline These fish contain levels of mercury or PCBs that may pose a health risk to adults and children.

Yellowfin Tuna grow quickly, produce millions of eggs per spawning, and live up to 9 years. They are found throughout the world’s tropical and sub-tropical oceans. In the Atlantic Ocean, Yellowfin Tuna are at a low abundance and are considered depleted.

Fishing with pole and line, troll, or handline gear is highly selective, resulting in minimal catches of non-target species. These fishing methods cause little to no damage to bottom habitats.

Full species report here.

This fish may have moderately 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.