mar 25 2010

Found old halibut spawning ground

Published by at 5:08 pm under Fish and fishing

The halibut in Norway suffers from previous decades of over fishing. The situation is fortunately improving but strict regulation is still necessary if the stoch should be able to grow to former hights.

hailbut on line

Torstein Halstensen has spent years tagging halibut from serveral areas in the souther part of Norway. He spend most of his spare time in a boat, fishing for halibut. By tagging, releasing and recapturing the fish he has added new knowledge about the migration pattern and behavior of halibut from different areas. Some fish are recaptured at the exact same position as it was tagged.

hailbut fight

In an email Torstein tells about the finding of a spawning ground in a fjord. Torstein has interviewed a lot of old fishermen and searced through a lot of old documents in his search for traditional spawning grounds. One that has been forgotten for decades was recently re found by Torstein.

He does not share information about the locations of all the spawning grounds he has found. His work is done in order learn more about how we can protect the halibut – not as a guide for fishermen who want to fish as much halibut as possible.

halibut on boardThe pictures in this post shows Torstein fishing halibut in a Norwegian fjord. All the halibut are being tagged and then released.


While the small ones can be lifted on board, the biggest must enter the boat from the stern.

big halibutTorstein has long experience in getting the halibut off the hook without causing damages to its mouth. Last year he caught the biggest male halibut ever in Norwegian waters. The last picture shows a halibut that is recaptured and then tagged by Torstein for the second time. Photos: Audun Skjølberg

tagged halibut

8 responses so far

8 Responses to “Found old halibut spawning ground”

  1. reinon 13 apr 2010 at 8:13 pm

    very nice pics, these fish are such magnificent creatures

  2. fishing reporteron 07 mai 2010 at 5:21 pm

    those are some fine halibut! i love reading fishing reports. i might have to start fishing uo there because down where i fish we are having to deal with an oil spill. if you would like to read more about the spill go to you acn also get local fishing reports or you can move the map to get fishing news and fishing weather. pretty cool.

  3. Fishing Australiaon 11 jun 2010 at 11:04 am

    its great to see some people still care about fishes when thousands are dying due to oil spill

  4. stevoon 09 aug 2010 at 7:48 am

    amazing photos

  5. Sea Fishingon 15 sept 2010 at 10:23 am

    Wow, amazing pictures.

    What a fine job your doing with the tagging. Have you ever come across the same fish twice?


  6. Garmin Fish Finderson 21 sept 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Well I hope it will get better. Also hopefully he is not going to tell nobody where the halibuts are spawning. We need to stop over fishing in some areas that is for sure.

  7. Fish Fantasticon 30 nov 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Awesome work. I am fortunate enough to live on the north coast of British Columbia Canada where there are still a lot of halibut but overfishing can destroy our fishing here too if we aren’t careful. Keep up the good work Torstein!

  8. tiggyon 28 aug 2011 at 7:54 am

    coolllllll i like halibut nice pics i like them