Tombo Ahi (Thunnus alalunga)
A wide-ranging member of the tuna family, albacore roam tropical and temperate waters throughout the world. Smaller albacore are mostly canned, while the larger fish are either frozen or sold fresh. Worldwide, more than 200,000 metric tons of albacore are caught each year, making albacore the third most valuable tuna resource after yellowfin and skipjack.
Big albacore from Hawaii and the South Pacific, where it is called tombo, has very pink, almost red meat. Fresh tombo is available year-round, with most of the supply coming from Hawaii, Fiji and Western Samoa. These big albacore, which average about 60 pounds, are an excellent value, especially in the late summer and fall when landings are normally at their highest levels of the year. This fish is caught by longliners, who fish the deep ocean currents at depths of 75 to 150 fathoms.
We get our Tombo Ahi from the American Albacore Fishing Association (AAFA) through the Pacific fishery that has been independently certified as a sustainable fishery through the Marine Stewardship Council's environmental standard for sustainable fishing.