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John Dory

Zeus faber

A medium-firm flesh fish with medium flakes.

Shutterstock 156862778 John Dory

John Dory are distinguished by the dark blue spot ringed with white in the centre of each side of their body.

They are found in the warm waters around New Zealand's North Island, and are commonly caught north of the Bay of Plenty.

John Dory are a solitary fish that live in various habitats from reefs to sand and muddy sea floors.

Key Information


John Dory belong to the Zeidae family (Dories).

Physical attributes

Olive-brown to silver body, green brown stripes, dark blue spot with white on the center of each side. John Dory are oval shaped, have strong spines, a huge mouth and no scales.

The flesh has a medium to firm texture with medium flakes.


John Dory is managed by the Ministry for Primary Industries using the New Zealand Quota Management System (QMS). Regular stocks assessment are conducted to estimate fishery stock size and numbers. Scientific studies are also used. From these, scientists can estimate future stock sizes and catch limits.

Geographical location

They are found in the warm waters around New Zealand's North Island, and are commonly caught north of the bay of plenty.

Market Names

  • New Zealand: John Dory
  • Australia: John Dory, Saint-Pierre
  • Canada: Buckler Dory
  • Commonwealth of Independent States: Obyknovcenie solnechnik
  • The Netherlands: Zonnevis, Sint Pietervis, Saint Pierre
  • France: Zée
  • Germany: Herinskönig, Petersfisch
  • Japan: Matôdai
  • Korea: Heo neo gu
  • United States of America: European John Dory

Locations Caught

17 Johndory Fa


Average weight

0.8-1.5 kg

Average length

30-40 cm


1,205 tonne

Talley's catch

100-500 tonne

115  John Dory

Nutritional information

Average quantity per 100g


374 kJ


20.6 g

Fat, total

0.7 g


0.3 g

Sugars 0.3g
Sodium 99mg

Seasonal availability

Not caught
Months caught
Peak months

Flavour and cooking

John Dory flesh has a medium to firm texture, that whitens on cooking. It has medium flakes and the fillets can be boned easily. John Dory can be cooking in multiple ways including baked, fried, poached and marinated. It is also a great option to serve raw as sashimi or in sushi.

John Doryfillets
John Dory Fillet

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