The South Pacific and Mediterranean waters produce the highly-priced albacore tuna, known for their unique taste and texture, with prices ranging between $18 to $22 per pound for fresh wild-caught fish weighing 80 pounds or more.
Skipjack tuna is the smallest and most abundant of the commercially important tuna species, with a preference for surface-dwelling and a diverse diet, and is typically priced at around $23 to $30 per pound, with fresh fillets being the priciest option.
Yellowfin tuna, also known as ahi tuna, is a large tropical species with fresh Hawaiian wild-caught ahi being one of the most expensive options priced up to $35 per pound, but freezing can damage its texture and flavor.
Bigeye tuna, with a distinct flavor and higher fat content than yellowfin, can grow up to 8 feet and is highly sought after, commanding a price tag of $40 to $200 per pound for fresh catches off the coast of New England.
Bluefin tuna is the largest and most sought-after tuna species, prized for its exquisite flavor and delicate marbling, but overfishing has severely impacted their populations, causing a significant rise in prices ranging from $20 to $5,000 per pound.