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Koho salmon.Koho salmon.Photo taken by: Carl Safina

Species has a combination of problems such as overfishing, high bycatch, and poor management.
Turbot/Halibut, Greenland (Hirame) – Eastern Greenland These fish contain levels of mercury or PCBs that may pose a health risk to adults and children.

Greenland Turbot is a slow growing flatfish that is found in temperate and arctic waters throughout the northern hemisphere, including Greenland.

The Greenland Turbot population off eastern Greenland is shared with Iceland and the Faroe Islands and management advice is provided by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES).  This population has been below the recommended levels of biomass since the 1990s and is currently at a historic low of 40% of the target population size. Greenland, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands have not followed ICES advice to reduce catches and thus this population continues to be overfished.

Greenland Turbot are primarily caught with bottom trawls, which can cause substantial damage to the sea floor. The level of bycatch for the Greenland Turbot fishery is unknown.

Full 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.