Imagine the ground fish consumption of a 200-300 pound halibut! A 200 pounder and more is not uncommon in our coastal waters. Fisher people, particularly on the west coast and southwest coast of the Island have been reporting their abundance in recent years and current quotas are caught within hours. The impact, I believe, that halibut, as our largest ground fish (top of the bottom food chain) is having on species such as shrimp, crab, lobster and other is more devastating than we know. I have not heard this reported or discussed in our management of the fishery and recent downturn in shrimp and crab quotas and whether increasing the halibut quota should be entertained as part of integrated species management ?? I'm suggesting MUN and it's affiliation with DFO/fisheries management determine to what extent the halibut is a factor/variable in sustaining a healthy fishery for our province.
I caught a 187 pounder, years ago while out by myself-getting it aboard is another story. Having grown up on the southwest coast and spending many summers on the northern peninsula I have seen many 200 pound + halibut and can only imagine what and how much they consume in other species.