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ProduceSenegal Tuna
Common NamesThunini
Size 4m length, weigh 207kg
Variety Albacore, skipjack, and bigeye
Storage and Packing 0.5 degrees Celsius, pat dry wrap in foil/ moisture free freezer paper.
Transport Conditions Transported -12 degrees Celsius, well-ventilated holds, insulated containers, protect from contamination
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Senegal is arguably one of the largest, most developed fishing industries in West Africa. This is much owed to its excellent cold storage and freezing facilities, extensive communication, and air links with other areas of the world. Dakar is the country’s largest supplier of Senegal tuna, producing tuna both for domestic supply and for export.

Thunini is the scientific name for the tuna, which is a saltwater fish of the Thunini genus and Scombridae species. There are about fifteen species in the Thunini family. Tuna is believed to have a life span of about 50 years.

Size and weight vary depending on the species of each tuna. However, the biggest Senegal tuna variety grows up to about 4 meters in length and weighs about 207kilograms.

There is a wide range of variety of tuna produced in Senegal, most of which was introduced in the country through trade. However, Dakar supplies three main types of tuna; the Albacore, the Skipjack, and the Bigeye tuna.

  1. The albacore: this type of tuna is also known as the longfin tuna. It is a species of the order Perciformes and is mostly found in temperate and tropical waters.
  2. The Bigeye: this variety is a species of real tuna of the genus Thunnus, and belongs to the wider mackerel family Scombridae. They are found in the open waters of all tropical and temperate 
  3. The skipjack: this tuna is a medium-sized perciform fish in the tuna family, Scombridae. It is also known as the victor fish. It grows up to 1 m in length and is mostly found in tropical and warm-temperate waters.

In Senegal, tuna is found in plenty during summer, mainly between June and December. This is because a lot of marine animals move to the Senegalese coast due to the deep waters.

Tuna, just like all other types of fish, is highly perishable. Extra caution is necessary during the processing, packaging, and storage of tuna to ensure it has a long shelf life, to maintain quality, and to maintain its nutritional value. 

Senegal tuna is dried to control water activity that may otherwise influence speedy decay. It is packed in plastic bags and foils for local supply. For export, tuna is vacuum-packed and put in moisture-free freezer paper.

Tuna is transported at a temperature of -18 degrees Celsius. The trucks or containers refrigeration systems can deliver air to the holds a few degrees below the target temperature and are also well ventilated to allow proper circulation of air.

The trucks and containers are insulated, and the tuna are protected from any form of contamination during handling.

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