- 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.
Scamp have stout, elongated bodies that are similar in shape to the body of a largemouth bass. They are usually light gray or brown, but can change their color to match their environment. For this reason, they display a wide range of colors from gray to deep red. Their sides are covered with reddish-brown spots that tend to be grouped in horizontal lines. There is some yellow around the corner of the mouth. Scamp have the large mouth common of grouper. The back of the tail fin is concave, and the anal fin has one sharply pointed ray in the middle that extends well beyond the other rays. The dorsal fins are connected, the first with 11 spines and the second with 16 to 18 soft rays.
The feeding habits of scamp have not been closely studied. Biologists do know that they are ambush hunters, like many other grouper. They feed on small fish, squid, octopus, shrimp and crabs, as well as freshly dead fish or other sea animals.
Scamp are a western Atlantic species that is found from the eastern coast of the United States through the Caribbean Sea to Venezuela. They are common up to North Carolina, and some scamp, particularly the juveniles, can be found as far north as Massachusetts.
Both an inshore and offshore species, scamp prefer complex structures, and are frequently found at reefs, jetties, pilings and wrecks in depths from just below the surface to 300 feet. Adults move inshore when the water temperature falls below 47 F, while juveniles are common in inshore estuaries and bays. Off the East Coast of Florida, scamp are the most abundant grouper in areas of oculina coral formations, an especially brittle kind of coral reef (also known as ivory tree coral).
- The closest species to scamp are the black, gag, and yellowfin groupers.