Little Tunny

Little Tunny

Little Tunny

Euthynnus alletteratus

Managed by:

SAFMC, GMFMC


Physical description:

The little tunny is metallic overall, being steel-bluish above and silver below. Wavy stripes along the posterior portion of the back, several scattered dark spots below the pectoral fin and small finlets behind the second dorsal and anal fins are identifying characters.


Biological description:

Found in tropical and subtropical waters on both sides of the Atlantic , including the Mediterranean, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico, the little tunny often forms large, elliptical schools which cover up to 2 miles on the long axis. Individuals of the species rarely live over 5 years. Females may lay upto 1.8 million eggs when they reach a length of 31 inches or 14 pounds. The spawning season is throughout most of the year except December. Little tunny feed mostly on small crustaceans, squid and small fishes.


South Atlantic Federal Regulations

Commercial:

  • Size Limit: No federal regulations in place.
  • Trip Limit: No federal regulations in place.
  • Regulatory Remarks: No federal regulations in place.
  • Additional Updates: No federal regulations in place.

Recreational:

  • Size Limit: No federal regulations in place.
  • Bag Limit: No federal regulations in place.
  • Regulatory Remarks: No federal regulations in place.
  • Additional Updates: No federal regulations in place.