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Atlantic Halibut

Also known as Common Halibut
Latin: Gadus morhua  |  French: Cabillaud  |  Spanish: Bacalao  |  Icelandic: Þorskur

Availability

Salties Imports offers Atlantic Halibut all throughout the year. The chart below shows the low (white), normal (blue), and heavy (dark blue) availability seasons by month:

Latin: Hippoglossus hippoglossus |  French: Flétan noir |  Spanish: Flétán |  Icelandic: Lúða
Product Minimum Order
Heads on and gutted 44 lbs
Headless and gutted 55 lbs
Fillets bones out skin on 20 lbs
Fillet bones out skinless 11 lbs

Fishing Grounds

Atlantic Halibut is caught around Iceland and at depths of 20 — 1000 m. The largest fishing areas are around the South Western, Southern, and Western coasts preferring soft bottoms.

Fun Facts

Halibut travels all around the Atlantic, sometimes traveling upwards of 3000 km. Marine biologists have labelled Halibut in Iceland and then they have later been found all over the Atlantic Ocean.

Atlantic Halibut is the largest flatfish species on earth, reaching 700 lbs. It’s a vicious predator known for eating seabirds amongst other things.

Our Fishermen

As a family company with deep roots in the fishing villages of Iceland, Salties Imports chooses its fishermen and producers carefully to make sure the product is of the highest quality and freshness. Most are independent fishermen in Iceland who fish on small boats.

Salties Ocean to Plate Traceability

All Atlantic Halibut sold by Salties Imports comes with traceability documents showing boat names, fishing gear, fishing areas, landing sites, and landing dates. It is our belief that transparency is a necessity in seafood so our customers know all the details of the product.

Summary

Common size of Atlantic Halibut is between 35 and 100 cm and 4 — 70 lbs. Even though the average size is pretty small, they can reach a length of 470 cm and weigh upwards of 700 lbs. Currently Atlantic Halibut is recovering which means that finishing of large individuals is prohibited. Bycatch of the large individuals occurs occasionally where the profits are donated to Icelandic marine research. Smaller individuals are allowed to be caught.

Flavour Profile

Atlantic Halibut has a snow white, mild, and sweet flavour. It has a flaky texture with a high fat content, which makes it perfect for the BBQ. It also has a slightly stronger flavour than Pacific Halibut.

Favourite Food

Atlantic Halibut eats Cod, Haddock, Capelin, Sand eel, and Shellfish.

Fisheries Management

Fisheries management in Iceland is based on extensive research on the fish stocks and the marine ecosystem. The cornerstone of Icelandic Fisheries management is its catch limitation system. Management is also supported by other measures such as area restrictions, fishing gear restrictions, and the use of closed areas to conserve important vulnerable habitats.

Nutrition per 100g Amount
Calories 158
Total Fat 10.4 g
Saturated Fat 2.0 g
    Polyunsaturated Fat 3.2 g
    Monounsaturated Fat 3.2 g
Protein 16.2 g
Sodium 90 mg
Potassium 363 mg
Total Carbohydrate 0 g
    Dietary Fibre 0 g
Cholesterol - mg
Calcium 6 mg
Magnesium - mg
Omega-3 Fatty Acids - g
Omega-6 Fatty Acids - g

Cooking Methods