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Tuna never stop moving, they are always in motion. That’s because of the tuna’s high demand for oxygen requires they move continuously -- forcing water over their gills. Take a moment to brush up on your “tuna trivia” and learn more about these amazing fish:
Did You Know…
- Tuna have been tracked crossing entire oceans. In fact, albacore tuna has been tracked 5,300 miles from California to Japan at the rate of 16 miles per day.
- Tuna never stop moving, they are always in motion. That’s because of the tuna’s high demand for oxygen requires they move continuously -- forcing water over their gills. Their minimum speed is approximately one body length per second.
- Unlike most fish, which are cold-blooded, tuna are able to maintain their temperature several degrees warmer than the water in which they find themselves.
- A typical tuna may eat 5 percent of its own weight in food in one day. A tuna’s typical diet consistent of other fish, mollusks and crustaceans.
- Archaeological evidence shows that more than 6,000 years ago, tuna was harvested by early Europeans in the area around Sweden, by Native Americans near British Columbia and by the peoples of the Joman culture near Japan.
StarKist stands for sustainability. We believe in taking care of our natural resources to ensure the long-term conservation and sustainable use of our tuna stock. Click on the link below to learn more:
All About Albacore, Skipjack and Yellowfin
•The Albacore is the only kind of tuna that is classified as “white meat tuna" in the U.S. market. These fish typically weigh between 10 to 50 lbs. Albacore usually migrate across the Pacific Ocean from Japan and up the coast of North America.
•Skipjack is the smallest tuna and typically weights 6 to 12 pounds. Skipjack make up the largest share of tuna caught and eaten by people around the world. In fact, the majority of U.S. canned tuna is packed with skipjack. Skipjack live in warmer water temperatures and can be found in the central belt of water throughout the world.
•Yellowfin gets its name from the bright yellow color of its fins. This tuna can range in size from 30 to up to 400 pounds.
•Tuna stocks of skipjack and light tuna, the most commonly eaten tuna in the U.S., are healthy and abundant. Also, skipjack accounts for the largest share of tuna caught and eaten by people around the world.
•U.S. tuna supplies are healthy and closely monitored. Light tuna, sourced primarily from skipjack tuna, is abundant and accounts for almost 70% of all the tuna eaten in the U.S. White tuna, also known as albacore, represents the remaining tuna.
•The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) has conservation measures in place to restore the vitality of others. The ISSF is a global partnership of marine scientists, the World Wildlife Fund and the largest global tuna brands. Together, they’re dedicated to managing today’s tuna supplies for future generations.