- 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.
Sand perch (Diplectrum)
The sand perch is a small fish with an elongated, cylindrical-shaped body. Coloration is pale brown on the back and sides, becoming whitish on the belly, and there are several dark vertical bars or blotches on the side. There are also horizontal electric blue lines running across the head and body, as well as some orange and blue shading on the sides.
Sand perch have large mouths and sharp gill plates. The dorsal fin extends almost the entire length of the back, the pelvic fin is long and the back margin of the tail fin is concave.
Sand perch feed on small fish and crustaceans, mainly shrimp.
The sand perch is found in scattered areas of the western Atlantic. The range extends from North Carolina to Uruguay, but it is considered doubtful that sand perch occur in the western Caribbean or along the northern part of the South American coast.
Sand perch are a warm-water, mainly inshore species that inhabit bays, grassy areas along the coast and shallow banks. They are most frequently found over sandy bottoms, but occasionally can also be found over rocky bottoms. When offshore, they are associated with wrecks and reefs. They will also occasionally occupy deep channels.
Sand perch are a shy species that frequently hides when approached.
- Sand seatrout are closely related to the Atlantic coasts weakfish.
- The all-tackle world record for sand seatrout is a 2-pound, 3-ounce fish caught in Texas.