Is It Wild or Farmed? Halibut is both farm raised and wild caught.
Where is it fished? West Coast Halibut species can be found from Northern California to the coastal waters of Alaska, with greatest concentrations residing in the Gulf of Alaska. On the East Coast, Halibut is found throughout the Northwest Atlantic. The Halibut The Lobster Place procures is landed primarily in the Northwest Atlantic and in the Gulf of Alaska.
How is it fished? The species is fished commercially primarily through the use of bottom longline gear.
Is it sustainable? Pacific Halibut fisheries of Alaska, Washington, and Oregon are certified as sustainable to the standard of the Marine Stewardship Council. Due to stringent international fisheries management procedures, which set yearly quotas based off of population assessments, and mandate sustainable fishing techniques such as bottom long lining, population levels are considered abundant, and by catch of other marine species has been greatly reduced.
Due to centuries of overfishing, Atlantic Halibut population levels have severely declined and are well below healthy levels. There is currently no dedicated Atlantic Halibut fishery in the U.S. and most landings result from by-catch in ground fish fisheries. So far, management plans have been largely ineffective in rebuilding stocks.
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What is the flavor/texture profile? Mild, slightly sweet flavor with a moist, meaty flaky flesh.
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