halibut are giant members of the flatfish family that inhabit the
cold waters of the Atlantic from Norway, across the northern rim
to Labrador, Nova Scotia and the Gulf of Maine. Juveniles, also
called chicken halibut, live in shallower waters near shore, but
larger adults called whale halibut, some of which reach 600 pounds,
keep to depths between 900 and 6,000 feet. Atlantic halibut are
slow-growing and territorial, which makes them vulnerable to overfishing.
They are fished commercially with bottom longlines and trawls, and
because of management measures, their populations appear to be increasing.