Spearfish

Tetrapturus Angustirostris

Market Name(s): Hebi Kajiki

Primary Source(s): Hawaii

Season: Year Round

Size Range:  20-40 lbs

Long Line

Shortbill spearfish caught by Hawaiian fleets in the Western and Central Pacific and Eastern Pacific (including vessels landing in California) with deep-set longlines is a "Good Alternative." The catch of at-risk or overfished species remains a significant concern even though bycatch mitigation for this fishery is rated highly effective. Overall management is rated effective. In addition, there are no impacts on seafloor habitat, and managers have begun to review measures to protect the ecosystem. However, the status of shortbill spearfish in the Pacific is unknown.

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

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