Atlantic Halibut Subject of NOAA Research

Courtesy: NOAA Fisheries

HYANNIS – NOAA Fisheries is working with fishermen across Cape Cod to see if the Atlantic halibut is showing signs of recovery in the Gulf of Maine as well as the New England region.

A three-part study is currently underway to see if the halibut population is rebuilding after the size of the fish shrunk over centuries.

The Northeast Fisheries Science Center is working with local fishermen to understand the life history, stock structure, and movement patterns of the Atlantic halibut.

The study looks to discover when and where the fish spawn, if there is one overall population in the New England region as opposed to several populations, and where they mature.

The Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance has aided researchers with training.

At this point, more samples are required to conduct an efficient study.

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