apr 01 2008

Protecting the halibut – some pictures

Published by at 1:24 pm under Fish and fishing

Today I received some pictures from an unusual fishing trip in Norway. Fishing for halibut is exciting and the halibut is a precious and good tasting fish. Still someone prefers to release the halibut. Their concern for the halibut stock in the southern part of Norway has given them a new way of handling the catch.

Small halibut

Here we see Hans Harald Storli and Jon Henneli hauling the line. A small halibut (85 cm. long) has taken the bait.

Catching small halibut

Hans Harald is removing the fishing hook as carefully as possible. He is then placing a tag in the halibut.

This was not the only halibut caught on the long line. A couple of minutes later a bigger halibut entered the boat.

big halibut

This one got tagged as well. You can see the red tag placed near the fins on the left side of the halibut. This fish was 140 cm. long; weighing 40 kg. A close up of its head can be seen below.

Halibut head

By measuring, weighing, tagging and recapturing tagged halibuts Hans Harald and Jon hope they can learn more about the local halibut stocks and their migration pattern. They do this on their spare time hoping that their work and engagement will result in better protection for the halibut stocks in the southern part of Norway.

After tagging the halibuts, the fish is released. To Hans Harald, Jon and their girlfriends – Kristine Kolbjørnsen and Malin Hagander – this gives a perfect ending to a perfect fishing trip.

Releasing halibut

All photos: Malin Hagander.

3 responses so far

3 Responses to “Protecting the halibut – some pictures”

  1. Moon 01 apr 2008 at 3:41 pm

    They don’t eat them?
    I guess they’re doing this just for the halibut.

    Sorry, I really can’t resist.
    Especially on April Fool’s Day.

  2. adminon 01 apr 2008 at 6:53 pm

    Thanks for comment Morgen. You’re right. They don’t eat them – not even on April Fool’s Day:)
    But – they do eat other fish caught on the long line (cod, haddock, pollack, ling and so on).
    catch on long line

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