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

Species has a combination of problems such as overfishing, high bycatch, and poor management.
Turbot/Halibut, Greenland (Hirame) – Western Greenland These fish contain levels of mercury or PCBs that may pose a health risk to adults and children. Our source of information is  We also recommend that you check local advisories.

Greenland turbot, commonly referred to as Greenland halibut, is a bottom-dwelling flatfish found in temperate and Arctic waters of the North Atlantic and North Pacific. The fishery off Western Greenland in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean is the largest of the Greenland Turbot fisheries.

Off Western Greenland, the abundance of Greenland Turbot varies among areas, but has generally remained stable over the last few decades.

Bottom trawls are used to catch Greenland turbot in deep offshore waters and can cause high damage to fragile seafloor habitats, such as deep-water corals. Bottom longlines and bottom gillnets are used to fish for Greenland turbot in inshore waters. These gears cause a low amount of damage to bottom habitats. All of these fishing methods catch some depleted and vulnerable species and there are minimal regulations in place to reduce thisĀ bycatch.

Full 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 turbot. Check out our mercury in seafood section.