Shortbill Spearfish (Hebi) Flavor Profile

Hebi Flavor Scale

Shortbill Spearfish, also known as Hebi, has a unique flavor described as nutty, citrus and chicken-like.  It’s taste is somewhat more pronounced than tuna.  It has firm meat which is somewhat softer than Nairagi or Kajiki, and opaque amber-blush colored flesh which cooks up white.  Of the other bill fish species, it has the softest and most delicate flesh and is great for sashimi.

Typical Cooking Methods

  • Bake
  • Broil
  • Deep-Fry
  • Grill
  • Poach
  • Saute
  • Smoke
  • Steam
  • Sushi

Alternate Names

Shortbill Spearfish, Spearfish, Fuuraikajiki

Shortbill Spearfish (Hebi) Description (Tetrapturus angustirostris)

The Shortbill Spearfish is a species of marlin which has a dorsal fin which is shorter than other billfish species, and its bill is so short it is almost non-existent.  The average weight of Hebi caught in Hawaiian waters is between 20 to 40 pounds.

Spearfish Hebi whole jpgHebi photo by Fresh Island Fish

Spearfish Hebi jpgHebi photo by

Fresh Availability

Fresh seafood availability chart: green areas show peak availability, light green show limited availability, gray indicates not available fresh. Hebi is primarily a by-catch fish of commercial longliners fishing for tuna.

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Butchering Yield Percentage and Recovery

Item To Skin/On Fillets To Skin/Off Fillets Notes
Skin/On Fillets 45% – 55% If you have additional yield info on this fish please leave a comment below.
Yield % varies according to a number of factors including: size of fish, season, sex, and the skill of your fishmonger.


Range & Habitat

Spearfish-Hebi range jpg
AquaMaps Data sources: GBIF

Not a lot is known about Shortbill Spearfish.  It is found in temperate waters of the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

Typical Wholesale Products

Fresh Whole
Fresh H&G
Fresh Fillets (2lb – 15lb avg)

Shortbill Spearfish Sustainability Info

Name Alternate Names Catch Method Catch
Shortbill Spearfish Hebi, Shortnose Spearfish, Fuuraikajiki Wild, pole, handline, pelagic longline, purse seines Hawaii Yellow-icon_20.png Red-Dot_20.png Yellow-icon_20.png n/a
Shortbill Spearfish Hebi, Shortnose Spearfish, Fuuraikajiki Wild, pole, handline, pelagic longline, purse seines Imported Red-Dot_20.png n/a Red-Dot_20.png n/a
Disclaimer: The sustainability info above is accurate to the best of our knowledge. However, each program randomly updates their information without our knowledge. We therefore recommend that you verify the current accuracy of this information.

Green-icon_20.png = Best Choice/Recommended     Yellow-icon_20.png = Good Alternative     Red-Dot_20.png = Avoid/Not Recommended
July 2013


Nutritional Information

based upon a 6 oz (171 grams) raw edible serving.

* Calories/Calories from fat 171
* Protein grams 39
* Fat grams 1.7
* Saturated fat grams 0
* Sodium milligrams 214
* Cholesterol milligrams 86
* Omega-3 milligrams 525


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