It is an important commercial and game fish, usually caught using purse seine nets, and is sold fresh, frozen, canned, dried, salted, and smoked. Skipjack is the most fecund of the main commercial tunas, and its population is considered sustainable against its current consumption. Its fishing is still controversial due to the methodology, with rod and reel or fishery options being promoted as ecologically preferable. Purse seine methods are considered unsustainable by some authorities due to excess bycatch, although by catch is said to be much reduced if fish aggregation devices are not used.
Tuna meat is rich in protein (Average 21.21%) Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids occur in high quantities in this fish. It is very effective in regulating hormonal levels and also improves the elasticity of blood vessels and capillaries. It helps in lowering cancer-causing agents and thus prevents the risk of many cancers. It is beneficial in lowering bad cholesterol levels. It is rich in essential oils, vitamins and minerals. It contains energy 130 calorie, vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E and K. Trace minerals include zinc and copper. Antioxidant Coenzyme Q10 is also found.
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