Albacore Tuna (Fish) (Thunnus Alalunga),
Our tuna is caught by Irish fishermen when the fish is in season in August and September. Fresh Albacore Tuna can be enjoyed for only a few weeks every year. You may be able to freeze some if you want to enjoy it a little longer but a much nicer result can be achieved by preserving it in jars with olive. Perfect to add to salads with a superb flavour that beats its canned rivals hands down.
Swimming across the world oceans, Albacore Tuna is a migratory species. Always on the move, they come within reach of our fishing fleet for only a short period every year. At the end of August, this fish is caught in very large numbers for a few weeks. Moist and delicate, the soft pink flesh of the Albacore Tuna is different to that of other Tuna species. With their smooth, torpedo shaped, body, Albacore tuna are oceanic fish built for speed. They can travel as fast as 80km per hour. They are a member of the same family as Mackerel (Scombroides) and like them, they have to be constantly on the move in order to push water and oxygen onto their gills. Albacore Tuna occur in tropical and temperate waters of all the worlds oceans.
When the spring seasonal warming starts, juvenile North Atlantic Albacore fish begin migrating to the northeastern Atlantic, to the Bay of Biscay, and to the southeast of Ireland, where our tuna are caught. Tuna are usually fished by pair-trawlers - two boats which operate by towing a single net between them and sharing the bounty. Many more are line-caught with baited hooks.