Mandatory release of halibut more than 2 metres in length
Due to a high content of potentially hazardous contaminants, from Monday 9 October 2017 it is mandatory to release all halibut above 2 metres in length back into the sea.
The order applies to all fishers (professional fishers, recreational fishers and tourist fishers) regardless of gear and area.
The order applies to all live, dead or dying halibut more than two metres in length.
It is a known issue that old halibut accumulate contaminants throughout their lives that may pose a risk to humans. This is why you must release large halibut back into the sea.