- 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.
Queen snapper (Etelis)
The queen snapper is a deep pink to red on its back and upper sides fading to a light pink to white on its belly. It has a smallish head with big yellow eyes and a slight extended lower jaw. Its tail fin is deeply forked and usually a bright red in color. Unlike other snappers that have one continuous dorsal fin, the queens dorsal fin is distinctly notched. Their bases at the dorsal and anal fins are also scaleless.
The queen snapper is a carnivore feeding mainly on small fish and squid.
Queen snapper are found in the western Atlantic from North Carolina to Florida, throughout the Gulf of Mexico and south to the Caribbean and Brazil.
This species inhabits rocky bottoms in deep offshore waters at depths starting at 300 feet to well over 1,000 feet.
- The world record for a queen snapper catch is 11 pounds, 11 ounces.