Tuna – Albacore

Thunnus Alalunga

Market Name(s): Albacore White Tuna Tombo Longfin Tuna

Primary Source(s): Mostly Hawaii however sometimes Coastal Pacific and Atlantic Day-Boat Fisheries

Season: Year Round

Size Range:  up to 80 lbs

Commonly called tombo ahi in Hawaii. “Tombo” means dragonfly in Japanese and refers to the very long pectoral fins of the albacore that can equal as much as 30% of the total length.

Albacore are landed daily by Supreme Lobster's Hand Line Vessels the Princess K, Kawaiola, Cumberland Trail, Sea Hunt, Serenity & Miss Emma, packed & shipped directly to O'Hare the following morning.

While smaller in size than other tuna species, the albacore tuna we catch in Hawaii are still larger in comparison to those caught off the west coast and Atlantic waters. The flesh is usually light in color and mild in flavor. Depending on the time of year and where we're fishing we offer Tombo in two grades: Pink tombo, which is higher in fat and oil and white Tombo, which is lighter.

Longline - Handline

Albacore caught by Hawaiian fleets in the Western and Central Pacific and Eastern Pacific (including vessels landing in California) with deep-set longlines is a "Good Alternative." Hawaiian fleets have lower bycatch than international longline fisheries because of tougher U.S. regulations. However, the catch of endangered, threatened or overfished species remains a serious concern. The albacore population is healthy in these regions.

Prized for its firm texture, exquisite glossy red to pink color and outstanding flavor profile, Longfin Tombo is an excellent option for sashimi/crudo applications as well as a perfect selection for Chefs looking for a hardwood smoked or slightly charred result.