Caught year-round in the warm off the coast of Hawaii, fishing charters of Oahu often set out on an adventure to catch the delicious and nutritious Ahi tuna. Providing a thrilling chase that anglers of every skill level can enjoy, the Ahi tuna is quickly becoming one of the most popular catches for deep sea fishers in Hawaii.
Read on to learn a few key facts about the Ahi tuna before you head out on your deep-sea excursion!
- Appearance. Though smaller than the Pacific Bluefin tuna, the Ahi tuna is one of the largest species of tuna, and fishers have reported reeling in Ahi up to 400 pounds in weight. The best way to differentiate the Ahi tuna from other tuna in its family is the presence of its bright yellow dorsal fins, anal fins and the small finlets that lead up to its tail. The main body of this tuna is dark metallic blue, helping it to blend in with the deep waters of Oahu.
- Fishing method. All Hawaiian Ahi tuna are line caught, and the vast majority of these fish are caught using deep-set longline fishing gear off the coast of Hawaii. Ahi tuna are not caught using purse seine nets as they are in fisheries that supply tuna species that are used in canned tuna products. This helps the Ahi tuna retain its freshness and quality.
- Sustainability. Fishing in Oahu is done sustainably, and new government regulations have been instituted to help ensure that overfishing does not occur. Ahi tuna can be caught year-round in Hawaiian waters, but their numbers peak during the summer season, flourishing from May to September.
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