Glitne Halibut: A Unique Luxury Seafood

Recently I’ve learned about farmed Atlantic halibut, which seems to be a time-consuming process. Like farmed sturgeon, these fish can get very big, very slowly and so the intensive aquaculture techniques used in other fish wouldn’t work. That’s a good thing.

If aquaculture is the “future” of fish consumption, then it has to show that it can be done with little to no impact on the ecosystem, the wild stocks and those that catch them. A Norwegian company may have found a way to provide very high-quality Atlantic halibut, using an innovative, low-impact approach to raising the fish on land.

Glitne Halibut – Sogn Aqua

Glitne AS runs Sogn Aqua fish farm, where they use the cold, clean waters of the local fjord to raise their unique Glitne halibut known for pure white meat. They pump the seawater from over 300 feet down deep in the fjord and raise the fish on land, where they are hand fed and allowed to grow for several years before harvesting. Their website states that everything is recycled, and they do not pollute the land or the sea in their production.


I first learned about Glitne halibut from the Aqua-Spark website, and after looking over the website, I can see why they were involved in their startup. A unique way to raise halibut producing a unique product. The fish looks absolutely stunning, and I’m sure commands top dollar. I contacted the company to see if Glitne halibut is available in the US. I got a nice email from Ole-Kristian Hess-Erga Ph.D., head of Development and Quality for GLITNE/Sogn Aqua, stating that their Snow-White halibut is available in select markets in the EU as well as New York City.

However, they plan to increase production soon, including some new products for the high-end retail market. Ole-Kristian sent me an image of one of these new products that will be hitting the market in 2018: Sashimi-grade, lightly smoke halibut fillets. Man, I would kill to try some of this…I can’t believe it is farm-raised!

If you are interested in learning more about this very interesting company and its Snow-White halibut, take a look at their beautiful website and their Facebook page.