Seafood Watch - Seafood Guide

Turbot, Greenland

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SEAFOODRATINGMARKET NAMESLOCATION/CERTIFICATIONHOW CAUGHT/FARMED
Halibut Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Halibut Marine Stewardship Council Certified Wild
Halibut, Atlantic Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Halibut Nova Scotia, Canada Farmed in Tank Systems
Halibut, Atlantic Avoid: Avoid these products for now. These fish come from sources that are overfished or fished or farmed in ways that harm the environment. Halibut U.S. Atlantic Bottom Trawl
Halibut, California Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Chicken, Monterey & Southern Halibut, California Flounder, Hirame U.S. Pacific Handline
Halibut, California Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Chicken, Monterey & Southern Halibut, California Flounder, Hirame U.S. Pacific Bottom Trawl and Set Gillnet
Halibut, Pacific Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Alaskan Halibut U.S. Pacific Wild
Turbot, Greenland Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Greenland Halibut, Hirame U.S., Canadian Pacific Wild


Greenland Turbot, Wild, Canadian Pacific & U.S.

Greenland turbot is a "Good Alternative" to flatfish in the Atlantic Ocean, where historical overfishing has reduced populations.

Consumer Note

Over 13 species of flatfish are regularly caught in the Pacific. Common market names include sole, sanddab, turbot, plaice, fluke, flounder and halibut. Pacific flatfish, like their Atlantic cousins, are known as hirame when prepared for sushi.

Health Alert

Environmental Defense Fund has issued a health advisory for Greenland turbot due to elevated levels of mercury.

Summary

Although Greenland turbot populations are not considered to be depleted, there are ongoing concerns about bycatch and habitat impacts from bottom trawling. This method of catch impacts the seafloor, although bottom trawling on sandy or muddy seafloor (where flatfish often live) is less of a concern than trawling over rocky or reef habitats. Still, Greenland turbot is a "Good Alternative" to their overfished counterparts in the Atlantic.

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