Halibut

Shape

Synonyms

Atlantic halibut,Hippoglossus hippoglossus

Edibility

Excellent

Regulations

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  • Bag Limit 1

  • Vessel Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 41 in Total Length

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Vessel Limit 5

  • Measurements Min Size: 41 in Total Length

  • Closed Seasons from June 21st, 2019 to May 10th, 2020
    from June 21st, 2020 to May 10th, 2021

  • Additional Notes
    Maximum of 5 Atlantic halibut may be landed per vessel per year. A person who has not been issued Atlantic halibut tags may land an Atlantic halibut using tags issued to another person, when aboard the vessel that the tags are assigned to. All retained halibut shall immediately be tagged with an approved landings tag. For information call 1-207-624-6550. Anglers must use 14/0, 15/0, or 16/0 circle hooks. For additional information, see 2019 Maine Marine Recreational Sportfishing Regulations. For the actual law, see Chapter 34 - Groundfish.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Vessel Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 41 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Head and tail must remain intact while on or leaving waters of the state.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 41 in Total Length

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Vessel Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 41 in Total Length

  • Closed Seasons from April 1st, 2020 to June 30th, 2020

  • Additional Notes
    From April 1 through June 30 of each year, all recreational vessels, including private recreational and charter/party vessels, may only use pelagic hook-and-line gear when fishing in the GOM Cod Spawning Protection Area.
    Any vessel fishing in the GOM Cod Spawning Protection Area is prohibited from possessing or retaining regulated species or ocean pout from April 1 through June 30 of each year.
    Recreational and commercial vessels are allowed to transit the GOM Cod Spawning Protection Area provided all bait and hooks are removed from fishing rods and any regulated species on board has been gutted and stored. For more information, see 2019 MultiSpecies Info Sheet

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