Halibut, Atlantic (Hirame) – U.S.
Atlantic Halibut can live for 50 years, grow to over eight feet in length, and weigh over 660 pounds. They are found on both sides of the North Atlantic Ocean as well as some parts of the Arctic Ocean.
Atlantic Halibut were once extremely abundant along the northeast U.S. and Canadian coastlines, but populations have crashed due to centuries of overfishing. Since the 1960′s, abundance has been historically low and Atlantic Halibut have been virtually eliminated from many areas where they once occurred.
There is currently no directed fishery in the U.S. for Atlantic Halibut, but the species is caught in fisheries for other bottom-dwelling fish, like flounder and plaice. Despite strict catch limits in place for Atlantic Halibut, the species is not recovering.