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John Dory (Zeus faber) Commercial Fishery Information



Commercial Fishing for John Dory:

 

John Dory, the premium fish for exclusive dining.

John Dory are taken primarily as a bycatch of the South East Fishery.  They are trawled from depths of between 50m and 200m off New South Wales and eastern Victoria.

Recovery Rate
Fillets (skin on, wing off): 35% from whole John dory, Dories have a low recovery rate because the head and gut cavity are large, and the body is very compressed (i.e. flattened from side to side).

SIZE: whole 0.8-2.5 kg, fillet 100-300 g


IDENTIFYING FEATURES: Olive-brown with a golden sheen and a dark spot on the centre of each side. Tiny scales and a very smooth skin. The body is almost oval, very compressed and it has a large head and upright jaw. The dorsal-fin spine membranes extend well beyond the spines and there is a single row of spiny-edged scutes along the belly and at the base of dorsal and anal fins.

COMPARISONS: Dories are distinct from all other fishes, with the exception of their deepwater relatives the oreos from which they differ in having a smoother, paler skin and smaller eye. The John Dory, with its dark fingerprint spot and long filamentous dorsal fin, is an unmistakable member of the group.

FILLET: White firm flesh. Very deep, short and tapering sharply. Rarely skinned with small and barely detectable scales.

doryjohnmap1.jpg (3657 bytes)HABITAT: Quite common in the coastal water of northern New Zealand, particularly from Bay of Plenty northwards, but not abundant in any locality. This species does not school.

CATCHING METHODS: Longliner, Danish seining and trawled.

 

 
Scientific Name Zeus faber
Location WA, SA, TAS, VIC, NSW
Season January - November
Size 60cm, 2.4 kg
Australian Species Code 37 264004
Taste, Texture Delicate, mild to sweet, fine texture


 

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See alsoDory, Lookdown Dory Black Oreo DoryJohn DoryKing DoryMirror Dory Smooth Oreo Dory


 

See Also:
John Dory (Zeus faber) Photographs and Information
Catching John Dory | Fishing for John Dory Fish
Cooking John Dory | Recipes for John Dory Fish
John Dory (Zeus faber) Commercial Fishery Information

 


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