HALIBUT (Hippoglossus stenolepsis) is the largest of the marine FLATFISH found off the coast of BC and Alaska. An important traditional food fish for the FIRST NATIONS, it has been fished commercially from the 1880s. Fishers used longlines, heavy lines set on the bottom to which a series of shorter hooked and baited lines are attached (see FISHING, COMMERCIAL). Initially fishers worked from small dories or canoes associated with a large schooner. During the 1920s there was a shift to longlining...

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