Shortbill Spearfish (Hebi) Flavor Profile
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
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.
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.
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
Not a lot is known about Shortbill Spearfish. It is found in temperate waters of the Pacific and Indian Oceans.
Typical Wholesale Products
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||n/a|
|Shortbill Spearfish||Hebi, Shortnose Spearfish, Fuuraikajiki||Wild, pole, handline, pelagic longline, purse seines||Imported||n/a||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.|
= Best Choice/Recommended = Good Alternative = Avoid/Not Recommended
based upon a 6 oz (171 grams) raw edible serving.