- 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.
Bank sea bass (Centropristis)
Bank sea bass have the stout body typical of all sea bass. Coloration is pale olive to brassy brown on the top and sides, fading to white on the bottom. There are wavy blue lines on the head and the lips are purplish-blue. Black vertical stripes made up of splotches cover the side, beginning after the head to the tail. The tail is tri-lobed on the adult, with the two outer rays and the middle rays extending outward and forming two u-shaped indentations. There are two, connected, dorsal fins.
Bank sea bass feed on the bottom for squid, crustaceans and small fish.
Bank sea bass are found in the western Atlantic Ocean from North Carolina to Florida, including the Gulf of Mexico.
Bank sea bass are offshore fish found in deep waters usually around 180 feet. They prefer rocky structural elements, particularly reefs and rock pilings. This species is typically found in waters between the temperature of 42 and 84 F.