>> Species >> Halibut
Scientific Name: Hippoglossus
Market Names: Pacific Halibut
Vernacular Names: Common Halibut,
Description: Pacific Halibut
are a dark brownish-grey on their top side and white on their
underside. Halibut have both of their eyes on their top side.The
flesh is snowy white and should be opque not chaulky colored.
Halibut is the most popular bottom fish in Alaska due to it's
Life Cycle: The halibut life
cycle starts when a male halibut reaches sexual maturity at
around his eighth year and when the female halibut reaches her
sexual maturity at around her twelfth year. The female deposits
her bounty of eggs at the ocean floor where the eggs are then
fertilized by the male halibut. A female halibut can lay from
a ½ million to 4 million eggs depending on her age and
size. The halibut larvae will float near the ocean floor for
approximately 15 days were it will then hatch and begin to free
float at higher water depths allowing the deep ocean currents
to disperse them around. At the larvae stage the tiny halibut
look similar to other fish, having one eye on each side of its
head. The larvae will stay in this form until it is about 1
inch in length. About 6 months after hatching the young halibut
finally take on the appearance of an adult halibut.
During the first year of life the pacific halibut’s
diet is mainly made up of plankton, as they increase in size
and age they begin to feed on small fish and small shrimp. A
fully grown halibut feeds on clams, crabs, fish and even other
Halibut have been known to live up to 40 years.
The oldest known male halibut was 27 years of age. The female
halibut grows at a quicker rate then does the male. The age
of a halibut is determined by counting the number of rings that
have formed on the otolith. The otolith is a bony structure
that is located in the inner ear.
Run Times: Pacific Halibut runs
are typically seen in south central Alaska starting in May and
running until late September.
Record weight sport caught pacific halibut:
459 lbs. caught by Jack Tragis in 1996 while fishing in Unalaska
Nutritional Information: One
½ lb. fillet of Pacific Halibut has 224.4 calories, 42.4
grams of protein, 4.6 grams of fat, 0.6 grams of saturated fat
and 110.1 milligrams of sodium.
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