Wild Pacific halibut is the largest flatfish in the world.

It is a demersal groundfish (living on or near the bottom of the ocean) and member of the flounder family. Its scientific name is Hippoglossus stenolepis. This finfish is distinguished by its large flat, diamond-shaped body with mottled green, black or brown skin on the top, dorsal side and bright white skin on the underside. Unusually, both its eyes are on the dark, top side of its head.

Wild Pacific halibut can grow to a maximum length of about 2.5 metres (8 feet) and weigh up to 170 kilograms (375 pounds) of net weight (eviscerated, head-off), which translates into 227 kilograms (500 pounds)of round weight (whole). Net weight is the standard reporting practice for wild Pacific halibut.


Biology & Lifecycle


Wild Pacific halibut are found along the continental shelf in the North Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea and as far west as Japan and Russia.  learn more →

Buying & Storing


Wild Pacific halibut is harvested by Canada’s commercial fishermen with the greatest pride and skill to ensure that they are providing top quality food for Canadians as well as seafood consumers around the world. learn more →



Wild Pacific halibut is so versatile that it can be baked, steamed, grilled, poached, pan-fried or broiled.  learn more →


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Wild Pacific halibut is a lean white fish that is a popular, healthy food choice. As an excellent source of high-quality protein and minerals, it is also low in sodium, fat and calories.  learn more →