Definition of yellowfin in US English:


(also yellowfin tuna)


  • A widely distributed, commercially important tuna that has yellow anal and dorsal fins.

    Thunnus albacares, family Scombridae

    • ‘Oh, I might just have forgotten to mention that the small boats are just as capable as the big ones of catching all those yellowfins, wahoo, blue and striped marlin, sailfish, swordfish and bluefins offshore.’
    • ‘There were three strikes: two bonito the size of trout, and a yellowfin tuna no bigger than my forearm.’
    • ‘Overfishing I think is a significant component of its being caught by purse seine vessels in their juvenile state, and bigeye tuna and yellowfin tuna in their juvenile state almost look alike.’
    • ‘This is where the Pacific meets the Tasman Sea, and as a result the upwellings draw all manner of fish here, including blues, blacks, yellowfins, and smaller gamefish such as trevallies and yellowtail.’
    • ‘Here swim the schools of yellowfin and bluefin tuna.’
    • ‘The tuna there were not the giant bluefins but the smaller yellowfin and albacore.’
    • ‘Some 80 to 90 percent of the bluefin, yellowfin and bigeye tuna caught by Taiwanese fishermen is exported to Japan, the largest market for seafood in Asia.’
    • ‘Fishing results in a variety of deep-sea catches, such as yellowfin tuna, red bass, and sailfish.’
    • ‘The rapid advances in this tag technique have led to a wealth of new information on the physiology, behavior and distribution of northern and southern bluefin, bigeye, yellowfin and skipjack tunas.’
    • ‘There, the commercial fishermen patiently wait every year for the annual migrations of albacore, skipjack, yellowfin, big-eye and bluefin.’
    • ‘And marlin, wahoo and yellowfins, there to dine on everything he mentioned except those massive sharks.’
    • ‘With the line angling downwards within 30 seconds I called it for a yellowfin or bigeye and told Richard to get his gloves out with the gaff and standby to gaff his first blue-water fish - a far cry from blue sharks!’
    • ‘During the 1960s, 200,000 dolphins a year drowned in drawstring nets used for Pacific yellowfin tuna.’
    • ‘I settled on the yellowfin tuna with anchovy butter, and chose a glass of Bilancia Pinot Gris to go with it.’
    • ‘An appetizer called ‘yellowfin-tuna ravioli’ turned out to be bits of yellowfin tuna with pineapples and avocado, all dunked in a sweet sauce made from pineapples and mint.’
    • ‘The earliest record I can find of tuna being caught from the shore is a fish of 77.3 kgs (either a bluefin or a yellowfin, and I suspect the latter) being landed from the South Pier in Durban, South Africa, in 1939.’
    • ‘Six commercially important species: albacore, bigeye, northern and southern bluefin, skipjack and yellowfin.’
    • ‘The Pangas often work much further offshore, at least up to 20 miles and account for striped marlin to 220 lbs, sharks, big yellowfin tuna and dorado, plus occasional blue marlin to 500 lbs.’
    • ‘All told, in four days of fishing in two boats, our group of 12 released a total of 76 Pacific sailfish, from 80 to 110 pounds, and 22 yellowfin tuna from 10 to 15 pounds.’
    • ‘On a recent deep-sea fishing trip - my first - off the coast of southern California, the yellowfin tuna were nowhere in sight.’