US North Pacific halibut
Certified as sustainable in April 2006. Entered re-assessment in May 2010.
Species: Halibut (Hippoglosus stenolepis)
Location: Bering Sea, Alaska, Washington.
Fishing methods: Bottom hook and line (longline)
Number of fisheries: 1
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More about halibut
Pacific halibut is a flatfish which inhabits the continental shelf of the US and Canada, ranging from California to the Bering Sea, and extends into Russia and Japan. Because halibut can grow to be as much as 500 pounds, is firm textured, and has relatively few bones compared to other fishes, it is a popular food fish.
More about the fishing methods
Halibut is caught by longline fishery. This longline fishery does not damage benthos and benthic habitats and can select fish species and size by choice of hook size and design. Halibut are large fish; hence, employing a relatively large hook size reduces unwanted capture of smaller fish.
24,000 metric tonnes
For halibut, North America is the major market; however some product is exported to the UK and Europe.