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