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Some problems exist with this species' status or catch methods, or information is insufficient for evaluating. Turbot/Halibut, Greenland (Hirame) – Western Greenland These fish contain levels of mercury or PCBs that may pose a health risk to adults and children. Our source of information is  We also recommend that you check local advisories.

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

In western Greenland, Greenland Turbot are caught in both offshore and inshore waters. The abundance of Greenland Turbot in the offshore population, which is shared with Canada, is uncertain, but appears to be have remained stable over the last few years and may have increased in some areas. Abundance of Greenland Turbot in the inshore areas is also uncertain. Management advice is provided by the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) and is used to set total allowable catch limits for the fisheries.

Bottom trawls, which can cause substantial habitat damage, are used to catch Greenland Turbot in offshore waters, while bottom longlines and gillnets, which cause moderate habitat damage, are used in the inshore fisheries. The level of bycatch in these fisheries is unknown.

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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.