- 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.
Cero are long and slender fish with iridescent blue-green backs and silvery sides. Similar to the Spanish mackerel, the cero has a series of yellow, orange or brown streaks and spots on the upper portion of its sides. Different from the Spanish mackerel, the cero has a bronze-colored stripe that gently curves from the pectoral fin to the base of the tail fin. The front third of the first dorsal fin is a bluish black.
Cero are carnivores that feed on shrimp, squid and small schooling fish such as anchovies, herring and sardines.
Cero are found in the western Atlantic from Massachusetts to Brazil, including the Florida Keys and throughout the West Indies.
Known as both a nearshore and offshore species, the cero is most common in clear waters around wrecks and reefs. Though known to go deeper, the cero is usually found in water less than 65 feet deep.
- The all-tackle world record for a cero is 17 pounds, 2 ounces.
- Cero is considered excellent table fare with a lighter flesh than the Spanish mackerel. There have been reports of ciguatera poising throughout the Caribbean.