Traceable Species


Parrot Fish, Peacock Wrasse, Black-Barred Razorfish, Blue Razorfish, Pavo Razorfish,


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. 

Food Info Nabeta


  • Color: clear, white-ish fillets that turn white when cooked  
  • Texture: firm, flakey flesh when cooked
  • Flavor: very mild 
  • Perfect serve: Nabeta is most commonly grilled or baked in sauce. 
  • Species Range
    Nabeta range Source:
    Parrot Fish
    Peacock Wrasse
    Black-Barred Razorfish
    Blue Razorfish
    Pavo Razorfish

    These crabs mate at the time of maturity, which is approximately 3 years of age. Females are smaller than males; this is because the development of reproductive tissues required more energy for females, leaving less energy available for continued body growth. They grow through a process known as molting—regularly shedding their shell and growing a new, larger one. They continue to molt and grow after they have reached sexual maturity. During the breeding season, the crabs leave their borrows in a phenomenon characterized by mass mate-searching events. Once mating/fertilization has occurred, females spawns in the water. The larvae released during the rainy season develop in offshore waters and return to coastal waters five to eight weeks after larval release.
    Mangrove crabs are important fishery resources in all Brazilian coast, mainly in the north and northeast where many fishermen depend upon their catch. In addition to its social and economic importance, the mangrove crab is a “keystone” species in ecosystem, they playing an important role in the processes of nutrient cycling and energy transfer.

    Fishing Methods

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    Pelagic Hook-and-Line

    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.


    Featured Harvester Bernie Berry

    Mangrove Crab Harvester

    Canavieiras, Brazil

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