Alaska Halibut

Atheresthes stomias


Female fish can be up to 90 cm long; male fish can reach a length of just 60 cm.


The halibut is characterised by finely structured meat with a very delicate aroma.



Natural habitat

The Alaskan halibut is native to the Bering Sea and California’s Santa Rosa Island.


The halibut, which can live for up to 25 years, mainly lives close to the seabed, at depths of around 2000 meters. It can be found in the mud and sand where, thanks to its pigmentation, it is almost undetectable by its predators.


It eats worms, molluscs, crabs and small fish.


The Alaskan halibut belongs to a family of flatfish known as “round-eye flounders”. It is a relatively large, brownish fish with a big mouth.


Young halibuts live on the surface of the water. When the halibut’s body changes – i.e., when its left eye moves to the right half of its body – it moves to the seabed.

Fishing method

bottom otter trawls

Bottom trawling involves pulling a net behind a boat along the seabed. They usually have the shape of a cone or funnel with a large opening and a narrow closed end.

Fishing area(s)


Fishing method

bottom otter trawls