What is the recovery on an average fish?

Recovery is the amount of fillet weight that you get back once the spine, entrails and head are removed. A question often asked is, “If I bring a 200lb halibut to be filleted, how much meat will I get back?” If you do actually bring a 200lb halibut in, you’ll get approximately 50% of its weight in finished fillets- around 100lbs of fillets… and a round of congratulations on such a monster fish! Halibut typically yield about a 40-50% recovery on a forty-pound fish, a little more on bigger fish, and a little less on smaller fish. An average salmon will get you back about 50% fillet weight, and a rockfish or ling cod will get you a turnaround of about 25-35%.

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