John Dory

Zeus faber

Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Beam trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Cornwall
Stock detail — 7e, 7f, 7g, 7h
Picture of John Dory

Sustainability rating four info

Sustainability overview

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John Dory has a distinctive appearance with its laterally compressed body and large dark “eyespot”. John Dory also known as dory or St Peter’s fish is an ambush predator. When it approaches its prey, it opens its huge mouth and sucks it in.

John Dory are found in the Eastern Atlantic from Norway to southern Africa, as well as in the Mediterranean and the Black seas, and the western Pacific and Indian oceans. They are found at depths from 20 m to over 400 m.

John Dory usually lives a solitary life or is found in small schools in inshore waters. They become sexually mature at an age of around 4 years and at a length of 29-35cm. Spawns in June-August off the coasts of southern England, earlier in the Mediterranean. It can reach lengths of 70cm and has a maximum age of about 12 years. John Dory are a relatively vulnerable species.

Stock information

Criterion score: 0.5 info


Criterion score: 0.75 info

Capture Information

Criterion score: 0.75 info


Based on method of production, fish type, and consumer rating: only fish rated 2 and below are included as an alternative in the list below. Click on a name to show the sustainable options available.

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