Maturity at: 49 cm in length
Max Published Size: 108 cm and 46 pounds
TnT Record: 38 pounds (unofficial)
TnT Season: Year round
IUCN status: Least concern
General Information: Found in oceanic waters, sometimes relatively close to the coast. Can form large schools mixing with skipjack tuna. They spawn well offshore. Eat surface and deep water fish, squids, amphipods, shrimps, crabs and other crustacean larvae. The largest fishery for blackfin tuna operates off the southeastern coast of Cuba and uses live-bait and pole. They are short lived and fast growing species. Utilized fresh, dried or salted, canned and frozen.
Photo courtesy Taylor Deemer