The Canary Island archipelago is in the middle of one of the most important tuna migration routes of the Atlantic. They pass Gran Canaria, especially the southern and north-western coast of the island, in the middle of spring, early summer, and from the start of autumn until winter arrives. The most common species are:
Atlantic bonito: in abundance from March to July.
Big-eye tuna: Gran Canaria is the world leader in this fish, with several world records in excess of 350 pounds (160 kg).
White tuna: The island holds several world records for this species, weighing in at over 66 pounds (30 kg).
Bluefin tuna: It is less common, but large individuals have been caught in excess of 660 pounds (300 kg).
Yellowfin tuna: This species can also be caught in island waters.
Skipjack tuna: It is particularly plentiful in Canary Island waters.