Wild Pacific halibut is a delicious, diamond-shaped flatfish that lives on the continental shelf of the North Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea. Pacific halibut has been commercially fished off the Pacific coast of Canada since the late 1800s.
The delicious taste and firm but flaky texture of wild Pacific halibut has made this fish a favourite of Canadians from coast to coast.
Our fishery is made up of small, family-owned businesses and First Nations, who account for about 26% of the commercial halibut fishing licenses. The fishery has helped build the economy and community of British Columbia up and down the coast.
By creating jobs in coastal communities, supporting local culture, and providing food to Canadians and globally, the wild Pacific halibut fishery is now a mainstay component of Canada's west coast seafood industry.
The Marine Stewardship Council, a globally recognized seafood sustainability certification program only achieved by about 10% of the world's fisheries, has accredited Canada’s wild Pacific halibut fishery as sustainable. This is thanks to the hard work and commitment of the International Pacific Halibut Commission, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), the Province of BC, and our local fishermen. Our fishery is considered one the most sustainable in the world and is also recommended by Ocean Wise and Seafood Watch.