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, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

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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