The Nebata is a beautiful fish found in lagoons and seaward reef areas in the Indo-Pacific, from the Red Sea and East Africa to the Society Island, north to southern Japan and Hawaii. In the Eastern Pacific it is found from the Gulf of California to Panama and the Galapagos Islands. These fish can dive into the sand to hide and safely sleep. The juveniles of this species have a long dorsal fin on their head that they hold in front of their bodies, allowing them to mimic drifting dead leaves.
Nabeta have dark, vertical bars below the eye and black spots on their back and a deep, compressed body with a separate, long finlet at the top of the head. Juvenile Nebata have brown colouration and adults become white and yellowish as they mature. Nebata is a great table fish and is delicious when pan seared in butter with garlic, pepper, and shoyu.
The life cycle of the Nabeta has not been thoroughly studied; although, the species is known to demonstrate distinct pairing during breeding.
This fishery uses a variety of artisanal hook-and-line methods to catch coastal pelagic fish such as tuna, marlin, swordfish, mahi mahi, wahoo (ono) and others. A pole and line with live bait scattered into the water is used to catch feeding skipjack tuna. Trolling with lures and lines, and handlines with lures, lines and bait bags are used to target larger fish such as bigeye tuna, swordfish, mahi mahi and wahoo.