Albacore tuna are caught mainly using hook and line (polls) or by trolling. This species is managed federally as part of the Highly Migratory Species complex. In general, tuna have a wide geographic distribution, undertaking migrations of significant but variable distances across oceans for feeding or reproduction. They are pelagic species, which means they mostly live in the open ocean, although they may spend part of their life cycle in nearshore waters. Only a small fraction of the total harvest is taken within U.S. waters.
In season: Summer to fall