Pacific Halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) - MMFS

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Pacific Halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis)

Pacific halibut from Alaska

Pacific halibut from Alaska, sampled as part of a collaborative project with students at Alaska Pacific University. Credit: Sioned Sitkiewicz, Alaska Pacific University. (Public domain)

Pacific halibut is an economically and culturally important species throughout the north Pacific. Commercial fisheries landed between 6,500 and 9,300 metric tons in the Gulf of Alaska from 2012 - 2016, with annual ex-vessel values ranging from $89 to $117 million. Since 2012, 40 -50% of the total Alaskan landings occurred in the Ports of Homer, Kodiak, and Seward. The USGS Marrowstone Marine Field Station has partnered with the International Pacific Halibut Commission, Alaska Pacific University, and the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council to evaluate how patterns in parasite prevalence may impact current trends in halibut size-at-age and other demographics.