- 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.
Silver perch (Bairdiella)
Silver perch are predominantly, as their name denotes, silver with yellowish fins. Their bellies shade to a whitish color, and their backs may be gray. Similar to other fish in the drum family, the dorsal fins of silver perch are separated by a deep indentation. Silver perch have terminal mouths, which feature a chin with five or six chin pores but no barbels.
Silver perch are carnivores that feed on crustaceans, worms and small fish.
The silver perch can be found in coastal western Atlantic waters from New York to southern Florida and the Gulf of Mexico.
Silver perch inhabit the coastal waters of seagrass beds, tidal creeks, marshes, estuaries and other brackish waters. Commonly found over muddy or sandy bottoms, silver perch can also be found in freshwater at times. They will also migrate farther offshore during the winter.
- The silver perch can be identified from sand seatrout by their lack of large visible canine teeth.