Product #: MSC11049
Scientific Name: Hippoglossus hippoglossus
Country of Origin: United States
Halibut is a very mild, lean, fine grained but meaty fish. Be careful not to overcook it â€“ it will dry out.
Halibut are found throughout both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, but are actually different species. Hippoglossus hippoglosus is Atlantic halibut and Hippoglossus stenolepis is Pacific halibut.
Pacific halibut are sustainable and well-managed through a cooperative agreement between the United States and Canada. The population is healthy, strict conservation regulations are in place, and the Marine Stewardship Council has certified the fisheries to be sustainable and well-managed. Atlantic halibut populations are severely overfished and regulations have not been successful at rebuilding the population. Most of Profish halibut is from the Pacific, but during the winter when the Pacific halibut fishery is closed we do source Atlantic halibut in order to provide fresh product. Halibut are targeted with bottom longline, which historically has had problems with bycatch of non-target fish, juvenile halibut and seabirds. In the Pacific, fishermen now use circle hooks instead of j-hooks to decrease the mortality of non-target fish that must be released and seabird deterrence devices are mandatory on all halibut fishing vessels. Halibut are also caught incidentally with bottom trawls, which can have negative impacts on the seafloor and high levels of bycatch if not properly regulated. Sustainability-minded chefs should be sure to only purchase Pacific halibut. Sustainability-minded chefs should be sure to only purchase Pacific halibut or sustainably farmed halibut.
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