The Safina Center

Koho salmon.Koho salmon.Photo taken by: Carl Safina

Species is relatively abundant, and fishing methods cause little damage to habitat and other wildlife.
Halibut, California (Hirame) – U.S. Pacific, Handline These fish contain levels of mercury or PCBs that may pose a health risk to adults and children.

California Halibut is a flatfish found along the Pacific coast of North America, primarily from central California to southern Baja California, Mexico. They grow slowly, may live for 30 years, and generally become sexually mature within four years.

The abundance of California Halibut varies within California, being high in the central region and a lower but stable level in southern California.

California Halibut are caught using several fishing gears, including bottom trawls, bottom gillnets and handline. Handline fishing causes little habitat damage and does not harm other ocean wildlife.

Full Seafood Watch species report here.

This fish may have high levels of mercury that could pose a health risk to adults and children. More info here about mercury in Halibut.Check out our mercury in seafood section.