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Pacific Bonito aka Skipjack Tuna are a relatively 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.
Culinary Tips: Bonito can be plugged in for any tuna recipe you find, so it is great poached, seared, grilled or served raw. It holds up well to heavy seasoning and big flavors.
Catch Method: Longline and trolling
Sustainability: 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, but ours are typically caught on short trips near the California coast. Bycatch is minimal with the type of fishing gear our fishing partners use for this species.
- MBA Seafood Watch rating: Best Choice
- NOAA Fish Stock Sustainability Index: N/A