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Some problems exist with this species' status or catch methods, or information is insufficient for evaluating. Turbot/Halibut, Greenland (Hirame) – U.S. and Canadian Pacific These fish contain levels of mercury or PCBs that may pose a health risk to adults and children.

Greenland Turbot (also called Greenland Halibut) are found in the northern regions of the North Pacific and North Atlantic Oceans. In the North Pacific, Greenland Turbot are mostly found in western Alaska, within the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI).

Greenland Turbot grow slowly, may live for more than 30 years, and reach sexual maturity between 5 and 10 years of age. Greenland Turbot were heavily fished in the 1970’s, but numbers have increased due to good management and abundance is currently at medium levels.

Bottom longlines are commonly used to catch Greenland Turbot, but bottom trawls are also used. Bottom longlines cause moderate damage to seafloor habitats while bottom trawls result in high damage. There are also some bycatch concerns in these fisheries.

Full Seafood Watch species report here.
Full Safina Center species report here. 

This fish may have high levels of mercury that could pose a health risk to adults and children. More info here about mercury in turbot. Check out our mercury in seafood section.