Certifier : 
Control Union (UK) Limited
Certified status : 
Certified since : 
09 Jun 2015
Certificate expires : 
11 Feb 2026


Albacore is a highly migratory tuna found in oceans around the world. It matures relatively early, at around six years, and has a moderate lifespan of about 10-12 years. It also produces many eggs at a time – some 2.6 million at each spawning.

As a highly migratory species, albacore are targeted by fishing fleets from several nations. However, information from all fisheries catching albacore tuna is available, which reduces the risk of overfishing.

The Cook Islands, which lie between Hawaii and New Zealand in the South Pacific, have a population of about 20,000 people. Fish and seafood products are one of their largest export commodities.

The certified fishery is operated primarily by Chinese vessels, using longlines to catch tuna. To maintain MSC certification, it has committed to make a number of improvements. These include implementing harvest control strategies that ensure healthy stock levels are maintained and fish stocks are well managed.

Albacore tuna (Thunnus alalunga) illustration © Scandinavian Fishing Year Book