Shortbilled Spearfish

Spearfish

SHORTBILL SPEARFISH (HEBI)

 

Hawaii Market Name: Hebi 

Scientific Name: Tetrapturus angustirostris

Hawaiian Name: A`u

Japanese Name: Fuuraikajiki

Shortbill spearfish are commonly known as Hebi in Hawaii. Its dorsal fin is shorter than that of other billfish species, and its bill is very short in comparison. Hebi caught in Hawaiian waters are usually between 20 and 40 pounds in weight.

Hebi has white to pink colored flesh that is somewhat softer than that of Nairagi or Kajiki. Its flavor is mild (although more pronounced than ahi). It is one of several species of billfish, which are suitable for grilled or broiled "catch of the day" menu items in restaurants.