Current status: Hawaii bigeye tuna are being fished sustainablity. Overfishing has been eliminated in the Hawaii fishery due to strict enforcement of bigeye catch quota. Overfishing is occurring in international fishery in the western and central Pacific. Population is not overfished. Caught in deeper, cooler water, it typically has a higher fat content than Yellowfin and is preferred by sashimi lovers.
Fish landed in Hawaii range from 20 to over 200 pounds. All Hawaii big eye tuna are line-caught. Most of Hawaii’s big eye tuna are caught by deep-set longline fishing gear off shore of Hawaii. Hawaii Bigeye Tuna is an excellent source of healthy, extra lean protein. It is also low in saturated fat and low in sodium. It is rich in niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, selenium and phosphorus. Hawaii Bigeye Tuna is a good source of iodine and magnesium. Hawaii Bigeye Tuna also provides about 500 mg of omega-3’s.