The Harvest Area
Wild Pacific halibut are found on the continental shelf on Canada’s Pacific coast.
More than 90% of Canada’s commercial harvest of wild Pacific halibut is caught between the northern tip of Vancouver Island and the Alaskan border.
Commercial fishing takes place in only a few key areas of the coast, as fishermen choose areas where halibut are prevalent, where they can avoid or minimize the incidental catch of other fish species, and where they can operate in relative safety, protected from inclement weather or close to a safe harbour.
Along the coast of British Columbia, halibut have been caught in waters as deep as 1,220 metres (4,000 feet), but the majority of the wild Pacific halibut is caught between 75 metres (250 feet) and 550 metres (1,800 feet).