- 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.
Almaco jack (Seriola)
The almaco jack is a deep-bodied amberjack with body colors that vary from a dusky brown to a bluish-green. The sides frequently have a lavender tint. They are distinguished from other jacks by the dark olive-colored diagonal stripe that stretches from the mouth across the eye to about the first dorsal fin. The almaco jack is similar in appearance to the greater amberjack but has a deeper, more flattened body and a more pointed head. The first dorsal fin has 7 spines; the second dorsal fin has one spine and 19-22 soft rays. The front lobes of the dorsal and anal fins are high and elongated with deeply sickle-shaped outer edges.
Feeding throughout the day and night, the almaco jack consumes primarily baitfish, squid and some invertebrates.
Almaco jack are found on both sides of the Atlantic and in the Mediterranean. In the western Atlantic, they occur as far north as the New Jersey coast and as far south as the northern coast of Argentina and throughout the West Indies. In the Pacific, it is found from Southern California south to Peru.
Almaco jack are a warmwater species, preferring deep open water. They typically inhabit the outer slopes of reefs, but rarely swim over reefs or near the shoreline. Younger fish of the species can often be found near floating objects and sargassum but adults are largely nomadic. The almaco jack typically travels at depths of 50 to 180 feet.
- Although the flesh of the almaco jack is considered quality table fare, the species has been associated with ciguatera poisoning, a seldom fatal stomach irritation.
- The almaco jack is susceptible to tapeworm parasites in the caudal peduncle area, but the meat can be eaten safely if affected portions are cut away.