Certifier : 
MRAG Americas, Inc.
Certified status : 
Certified
Certified since : 
04 Sep 2007
Certificate expires : 
14 Nov 2023

About

Albacore tuna is a highly migratory tuna found throughout the world. They mature relatively early and reproduce well. 

In 2014, two MSC-certified albacore tuna fisheries in the Pacific were combined – the American Albacore Fishing Association (AAFA) North and South componets and the American Western Fish Boat Owners Association (WFOA) North Pacific fishery. 

The certified fisheries use pole-and-line and/or troll-and-jig methods to fish for albacore tuna. Both are highly selective methods that catch one fish at a time. Because there are no nets, there's no bycatch of other species. 

Trolling for albacore involves towing artificial lures with barbless hooks (‘trolls’) behind a fishing vessel. If fishers see or feel a tuna on a line they pull it in. 

When fishers have located a school of albacore tuna, they will keep it close by throwing small amounts of live fish 'chum' (bait), often anchovy, into the water. 

In pole-and-line fishing, they use a stout pole with a short line and a single barbless hook to flip the tuna out of the water one by one.

Image: American albacore tuna fisher preparing hook © Carey Schumacher / MSC