Halibut, Really Big Halibut


8ft and 1 inch is the length of what is thought to be the largest fish ever line-caught fish. The massive halibut was caught by an angler in Norway. To bad Atlantic Halibut is on the Seafood Watch avoid list. Along with other Atlantic flatfish, halibut are still in decline. Moreover, the fishery often uses bottom trawling. The good news is you can eat Pacific Halibut as long as it is not gill-netted.

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Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (http://deepseanews.com/), a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (http://www.scienceofthesouth.com/), connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

8 comments on “Halibut, Really Big Halibut
  1. But, but, but it looks sooooo delicious. Think of all the fish fry we could have! It would take a small crop of corn to bread that puppy up!

  2. Well, as long as you’re not old, infirm, pregnant, attempting to get pregnant, or young, I’m sure it’d be a wonderful meal.

    The amount of bioaccumulated toxins in a big ol’ piscivorous monster like that…*shudder*

  3. The mercury provides a nice overtone when simmered in butter and crushed garlic. Those miniature plastic pellets in its stomach make excellent garnish.

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