Tuna are fish, and they are wild animals. But to many people, they are simply understood as food. It can be a bit confusing when the short hand of ‘tuna’ is used, as it covers a whole family of species, from the relatively-tiddly and widespread skipjack, right up to the majestic but beleaguered bluefins.
So I've pulled together a quick guide to the tuna species you’re likely to encounter in New Zealand.
This is not intended to encourage you to eat them, you understand, just raise awareness of what it is that is being served up, and what issues you need to think about.
There are about 15 species of tuna recognised worldwide, but in New Zealand, you are likely to only encounter a few of those.
Here’s a quick guide to the species you might encounter: Read more >
SKIPJACK (Katsuwonas pelamis)