For many fresh Pacific halibut buyers, high prices for early-season offerings are no deterrent at all. The frenzy around fresh Alaska salmon, once that season begins, is the stuff of legend, but halibut is also a hot ticket, especially in cities like Seattle.

Demand is a bit soft this year, however, despite adequate supply. The Alaska halibut season kicked off 12 March and got off to a strong start thanks to good weather, mostly in Bristol Bay and parts of Southeast Alaska. About three weeks into…