After finally setting into a level price range last year, halibut prices could be unsettled this year as a big cut to the quota for Pacific halibut could topple the delicate balance. Some of that impact could be offset by switches to Atlantic halibut and product from Russia, or by switching to other species.

The International Pacific Halibut Commission in January set the 2014 total allowable catch at 27.5 million pounds, an 11.2 percent cut from the 2013 quota, which itself was cut 7.5 percent fr