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Tuna, Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)
Also known as: Ahi, Tuna
Source: Wild-caught in Gulf waters, mostly from West Florida, Louisiana, and Texas

Yellowfin tuna is the top tuna harvested by Gulf fishermen. Yellowfin tuna is a highly migratory species, capable of swimming across entire oceans, and is found in tropical and subtropical waters around the world.

Unlike non-migratory species that are only found off our coasts, we’re not the only ones that fish for yellowfin tuna. Fisheries for these species require both strong domestic management and international cooperation to ensure the resource is abundant and global harvests are sustainable. NOAA Fisheries Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Management Division is the federal authority responsible for monitoring and managing this resource in U.S. waters. They set regulations based on recommendations from the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas.

Any applicable state management measures are fairly consistent with federal measures—some states automatically adopt federal regulations; others have separate regulations. Gulf state and federal enforcement agents partner to enforce fisheries laws and regulations. The Gulf states also conduct research on yellowfin tuna and collect data on commercial and recreational yellowfin tuna fisheries, providing important information to support management of this valuable resource.

For more information about yellowfin tuna, including its status, biological information, and a description of the fishery and how it’s managed, see NOAA’s FishWatch.gov.

Commercial Recreational


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1992
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2016



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1992$19,182,4809,173,894
1993$16,010,6606,318,298
1994$11,552,1274,615,306
1995$8,952,6163,480,061
1996$11,780,1444,673,748
1997$13,338,2895,301,748
1998$9,263,4753,784,786
1999$10,523,4595,222,949
2000$13,280,9234,311,055
2001$8,551,3642,930,264


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