- Albacore are the only tuna allowed by the Food and Drug Administration to be marketed and sold as white meat. Because of this distinction, albacore is the most prized tuna meat in the United States.
- Albacore is considered inferior to other tuna meat in Japan for the exact same reason. Only some members of the billfish family (marlins, swordfish) and the mako shark are faster. Albacore have been recorded going over 55 knots.
- Close to 200,000 tons of albacore are harvested every year, most coming from the Pacific Ocean.
The Division of Marine Fisheries is responsible for the protection and enhancement of the Comonwealth's marine fishery resources, and for the promotion and regulation of commercial and sport fishing
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It is the mission of the Division to manage, develop, and protect the Commonwealth's renewable living marine resources to provide the greatest public benefit. The Division fosters protection of the marine environment by cooperating with other state and federal agencies on pollution abatement, coastal wetlands protection and other programs concerning coastal waters and marine life. The Division monitors coastal contaminant levels in fish and shellfish, operates a shellfish purification facility, and evaluates the impacts of coastal development on marine fish and their habitats. The Division provides assistance to local shellfish officers on matters affecting the management of shellfish, and provides expertise on anadromous fish and construction assistance on fishways. Other programs assist commercial and recreational fishermen and educate the public on marine resource issues and values.