Skipjack tuna is the species most commonly found in canned and pouched tuna products. It is better know as light tuna.
- Catches of skipjack represent approximately 60% of global commercial tuna (2009)
- Skipjack stocks are strong globally and are not being over-fished.
- Most Skipjack are caught in the Eastern and Western Pacific Ocean.
- Skipjack accounts for the largest share of tuna caught and eaten by people around the world.
Albacore is most often reffered to as white tuna and is the only tuna that can be sold with that label in the United States.
- Catches of albacore represent approximately 5% of global commercial tuna (2009).
- Most albacore are caught in the Northern and Southern Pacific Ocean.
- Most albacore stocks can continue to support fishing at current rates with the help of science-based management and conservation measures.
- Albacore in the north Atlantic require additional conservation measures to protect the stocks long-term sustainability. U.S. tuna companies support and comply fully with all conservation measures.
- Today only about 10% of the global supply of albacore tuna is sourced from the north Atlantic fishery (2007).