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Yellowfin Tuna

Seafood Species: Yellowfin Tuna


Tuna, one of mankind's most ancient and honored foods, were pursued by fishermen hundreds of years before the time of Christ. Ancient Greeks referred to tuna as "thunnos," for which they had an intense taste and admiration.


  Seafood Species  
        Blue Crab
      Mahi-Mahi
      Rock Shrimp
      Stone Crab
      Swordfish
      Grouper
      Oysters
      Scallops
      Shrimp
      Yellowfin Tuna
      Golden Crab
      Red Snapper
      Shark
      Spiny Lobster
      Hard Clam

 

Torpedo-shaped and beautifully colored, tuna are members of the very large mackerel (Scombridae) family. They are one of the world's most important food fish. Members of this family travel in schools and are rapid swimmers. They are pelagic and restlessly roam the deeper offshore waters of Florida's Gulf and Atlantic coasts. Tuna feed primarily on fish, squid, crab larvae, and shrimp.


Yellowfin tuna can weigh up to 400 pounds, but average weights are much smaller in commercial catches. They are commercially harvested in Florida exclusively with hook-and-line, which makes the fishery "dolphin safe."


Yellowfin supplies a rich source of protein, vitamins, and minerals. It is considered a fat fish (more than 5percent oil content) and the meat is light and mild-flavored. Tuna can be smoked, grilled, blackened, baked, broiled, or sauteed. Overcooking robs tuna of juices and flavor.


Store fresh tuna in the refrigerator at 32-38 degrees F. Keep frozen tuna rigidly frozen at 0 degrees F. Thaw tuna in the refrigerator or under cold running water.


Nutritional Information


Approximate nutritional values for 4 ounces (114 grams) of raw, edible portion: calories -- 130; calories from fat-- 15; total fat-- 1.5 grams; saturated fat-- 0.5 grams; cholesterol-- 50 milligrams; sodium-- 70 milligrams; carbohydrate-- 0 grams*; protein-- 26 grams; calcium-- 0% RDI**; iron-- 4% RDI.


* Dietary fiber and sugars exist in insignificant amounts in seafoods.
** RDI means Recommended Daily Intake.


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