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Real Good Fish | Fish Species | | Fish Species | Bringing you the freshest sustainably caught LOCAL seafood!
“If we eat from our own shores, we're much more inclined to protect them, the water quality, and our marine environment.”
- Paul Greenberg, American Catch
Pacific Bonito / Sarda chiliensis

Pacific Bonito are a small tuna, from the same family as albacore (Scombridae). They have beautiful dark blue coloring on top that fades to silver on their underbelly, and are easily identified by dark slanted bands along their sides. Fast growing, Pacific bonito often weigh 3 pounds within a...

Pacific Bonito are a small tuna, from the same family as albacore (Scombridae). They have beautiful dark blue coloring on top that fades to silver on their underbelly, and are easily identified by dark slanted bands along their sides. Fast growing, Pacific bonito often weigh 3 pounds within a year of hatching. Their rapid growth and extremely efficient body shape give them speed and strength, which makes them popular among fishermen.

Bonito prefer warmer waters, and are primarily found between Baja California and Point Conception (Santa Barbara). However because they follow warm water currents as they hunt for small fish, they are found discontinuously from Chile all the way to Alaska. 

Pacific Bonito are usually caught south of Point Conception, and the season typically winds down in early fall, but during warmer months or El Niño weather events, they can be readily caught in the waters of Monterey Bay even later in the year. Fish usually weigh between 3 and 12 pounds, with the largest recorded weighing in at 25 pounds. 

Size: Up to 3.5 feet and 25 lbs

Distribution: Found from the surface to depths of 600 feet, mainly in the upper portion of the water column.

How fished: Longline and trolling

Why sustainable: Pacific Bonito are a highly migratory species, and reproduce rapidly and frequently throughout their range. They are managed at the state, national, and international levels. Bycatch in the fishery is relatively low.

MBA Seafood Watch rating: Not Assessed

Nutrition Facts

100 grams or 3.5 oz
Calories 153
Protein (g) 25
Fat (g) 6
Saturated fat (g) 1.6
Sodium (mg) 40
Cholesterol (mg) 45
Potassium (mg) 330

 

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