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Just for the Halibut!

Written by: Posted on: December 31, 1969 at 7:00PMPosted in: Main Topic

One of many great reasons to visit Kodiak is just for the halibut! 

Fertile fishing grounds are plentiful.  Kodiak’s charter boat services offer its clients half and full day fishing trips, fish processing & shipping, quality fishing tackle, equipment, fishing licenses, meals & beverages, and much more.

Many eating establishments on the Emerald Isle offer locally caught Pacific Halibut cooked to your preference (grilled, pan seared, poached, deep fried) with your choice of sides.    

Halibut Fish Facts

Size

o   Length to over 8 feet

o   Weight to over 500 pounds

Lifespan

o   55 years (males & females)

Distribution/Range

o   California to the Bering Sea, west to the sea of Japan

Other Names

o   Large halibut are “barn doors”

o   Small halibut are “chickens”  (Alaska Department of Fish and Game, 2013, para. 1)

Have you ever wondered why both of their eyes are on the right upper side of the body?  According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (2013),

Halibut larvae start life in an upright position like other fish, with an eye on each side of the head.  The left eye moves to the right side of the head when the larvae are about one inch long.  At the same time, the coloration on the left side of the body fades.  The fish end up with both eyes on the pigmented (olive to dark brown), or right, or upper side of the body, while their underside is white.  (para. 2)Halibut larvae start life in an upright position like other fish, with an eye on each side of the head. The left eye moves to the right side of the head when the larvae are about one inch long. At the same time, the coloration on the left side of the body fades. The fish end up with both eyes on the pigmented (olive to dark brown), or right, or upper side of the body, while their underside is white. By the age of 6 months, young halibut settle to the bottom in shallow nearshore areas.  (para. 2)

Please contact the staff at Discover Kodiak at 486-4782 if you would like to learn more about fishing for halibut with Kodiak’s charter boat services or dining on halibut at the Emerald Isle’s eating establishments.

Reference

Alaska Department of Fish and Game (2013). Pacific Halibut Species Profile, Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Retrieved November 19, 2013, from http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=halibut.main

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