Pan-seared Halibut

“Hold On to Your Wallet” for Wild Halibut This Month

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Fishing for wild halibut in the extreme North Atlantic Ocean during winter is not for the faint-hearted. Commercial fishing ranks as the world’s most dangerous job, with an average of 15.96 deaths per 100,000 workers. On a halibut boat, fishermen must endure ice, freezing temperatures, and often sea conditions exceeding 10 feet. Despite these challenges, the primary motivator for these fishermen is financial gain. Dock prices, the amount paid to fishermen, rarely fall below $10 Canadian during winter months and can sometimes exceed $12. As a result, halibut fillets are priced over $20 per pound during this season.