Yellowfin Tuna


Ahi tunaDelicious and nutritious, yellowfin tuna is one of the world’s most important food fish. It lives in the waters off both of Florida’s coasts and is a staple in seafood markets and restaurants around the state. Though yellowfin tuna is available year round, June, July, and August are the months of peak supply. Yellowfin tuna is a schooling fish and often travels in the company of other tuna species of similar size. Schools of yellowfin tuna are known to gather around masses of floating debris or near groups of dolphins. Because of yellowfin tuna’s association with dolphins, special care must be exercised in the tuna’s harvest. In Florida, yellowfin tuna are caught with hook and line, one at a time, never with nets, so they are guaranteed “dolphin safe.