Shortbill Spearfish

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Shortbill Spearfish (Tetrapturus angustirostris)     Hebi

With a bill that is almost nonexistent the Shortbill Spearfish known as Hebi in Hawaii is caught in Hawaiian waters and usually has a weight between 20 and 40 pounds in the round.

Although available year-round, the peak in landings occurs from June through October.

The Hebi is sold whole, dressed (headed and gutted), or filleted for local sale and for export. The yield of fillet from a whole fish averages 45-55%.

This Spearfish has amber-colored flesh that is somewhat softer than that of the blue or striped marlin. Its flavor is mild although more pronounced than the Yellowfin Tuna.

Restaurants grill hebi, but other cooking methods will work as well.



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