Pacific halibut

Directed commercial fisheries usually use longline gear but halibut are also caught along with many other bottom-dwelling fish by trawlers.

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Original source: California Halibut (Paralichthys californicus). Picture taken in La Jolla,

The Pacific halibut lives in the demersal, oceanodromous, marine, depth range 0 - 1200 m environment.

Careful international management of Pacific halibut is necessary, as the species occupies the waters of the United States, Canada, Russia, and possibly Japan (known to the Japanese as Ohyo), and is a slow-maturing fish. More

The Pacific halibut is well camouflaged in its natural environment. More

gigantic Pacific halibut, which can grow well beyond 500 pounds. Those of us who eat a lot of Pacific halibut typically eat it as steaks, because the fillets on a 500-pounder are larger than your front door. More

The Pacific halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) was called “haly-butte” in Middle English, meaning the flatfish to be eaten on holy days. General description: Halibut are more elongated than most flatfishes, the width being about one-third the length. Small scales are imbedded in the skin. More

smaller and slimmer Pacific halibut is found on both sides of the North Pacific Ocean. Other edible halibut include the Greenland halibut, of Arctic and near-Arctic parts of the Atlantic, and the California halibut (family Bothidae), found along the California coast. More

The Pacific halibut, Hippoglossus stenolepis, is a large flatfish found in the northern Pacific Ocean closely related to the Atlantic Halibut. Its range is from the Bering Sea, the Aleutian Islands and Hokkaidō, Japan to Baja California, Mexico. More

* Sport fishing for Pacific halibut remains open south of Humbug Mt. through Oct. 31. All other Pacific halibut sport fisheries in Oregon are closed for the remainder of 2009. More

2008 PACIFIC HALIBUT SPORT SEASONS IN OREGON 11/6/2008 * Statewide daily bag limit is 1 fish unless noted otherwise, no length limit; annual limit is 6 fish * More

* The Pacific halibut fishery is managed by a U.S.-Canadian catch share program, which allows fishermen to work in safer conditions while conserving stocks. More

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The Pacific Halibut is the largest fish of all the flatfish species, and there have been a few that were over 400 lbs. However usually they are between 10 and 200 lbs. Pacific halibut meat is usually firm and flaky with a sweet taste. More

Most Pacific halibut is caught with bottom longlines that cause little habitat damage and have low levels of accidental catch. More

Chefs love Pacific halibut for its mild, sweet taste and firm texture, which adapts well to many types of cooking. And, since Pacific halibut is a well-managed fishery, this delicious fish is an excellent ocean-friendly seafood selection. More

* Pacific halibut is managed by a treaty between the U.S. and Canada through recommendations of the International Pacific Halibut Commission. More

modifications to Pacific halibut catch-sharing plan for Area 2A (PDF 347KB) Jan. More

Pacific halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) are large flatfish found on the continental shelf from California to the Bering Sea. Halibut have flat, diamond-shaped bodies, can weigh up to 500-700 pounds, and can grow to nine feet long. More

The largest concentrations of Pacific Halibut are located in the Gulf of Alaska and off the coast of British Columbia. Russia and Japan also support a halibut fishery but the fish are smaller and considered to be of a lesser quality. More

species, Pacific halibut is far more abundant. Pacific halibut is found primarily along the west coast of North America, from southern California to Alaska, with the commercial fishery occurring primarily in Alaska and British Columbia. More

This lens has information about Pacific halibut, one of the most popular North American fish. More

Common names

?uái in Unknown
Alabato del Pacifico in Spanish (español)
Alabote-do-Pacifico in Portuguese (Português)
Alaska halibut in English
Fletán del Pacífico in Spanish (español)
Flétan du Pacifique in French (français)
Gyu in Haida
Halibut in English
Halibut del Pacifico in Italian (Italiano)
Halibut del Pacifico in Spanish (español)
Halibut pacyficzny in Polish (polski)
Heilbot in Dutch (Nederlands)
Helleflynder in Danish (dansk)
Jum in Haida
Kveite in Norwegian (Norsk)
Kyrrahafs lúoa in Icelandic (Íslenska)
Ohyô in Japanese (日本語)
Pacific halibut in English
Pazifischer Heilbutt in German (Deutsch)
Ṕuái in Heiltsuk
Sagiq in Alutiiq
Sakit okean ağqabıq raltusu in Azerbaijani (azərbaycan dili)
Stillahavs-hälleflundra in Swedish (Svenska)
Stillahavs-helgeflundra in Swedish (Svenska)
Stillehavshelleflynder in Danish (dansk)
Thotx in Salish
Ts'ilgi in Haida
Txaw in Tsimshian
Tyynenmerenpallas in Finnish (suomen kieli)
Xaagu in Haida
Xagu in Haida
Xang in Haida
狭鳞庸鲽 in Mandarin Chinese
狹鱗庸鰈 in Mandarin Chinese

Order : Pleuronectiformes
Family : Pleuronectidae
Genus : Hippoglossus
Species : Hippoglossus stenolepis
Authority : Schmidt, 1904