- 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 deep-bodied palometa is a grayish blue-green on top. It shades to a silver on its sides and has a yellow breast. Both its dorsal and anal fins are dark and elongated, extending nearly to each edge of the widely forked tail. Both have blackish edges, along with the tail fins. The palometa also has four narrow bars, with the hint of a fifth near the tail fin, high on its sides that range from black to white in color.
Palometa are predatory carnivores that feed on crustaceans, especially mole shrimp, mollusks, worms and smaller fish.
Palometa are found in the western Atlantic from Massachusetts to Argentina, including Bermuda, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.
Palometa inhabit warm (70 degrees F and above) inshore waters up to 35 feet in depth. They typically form schools at the edge of the surf and will seek out sand, rock or corral bottoms.
- The all-tackle world record for the palometa is 1 pound, 3 ounces caught in the Bahamas.