Silver Dory

Dory silver
© Tasmanian Government. Image Peter Gouldthorpe
Season: Open all year

bag limit5


possession limit10


boat limit-

Guide to symbols

bagBag Limit
housePossession Limit
boatBoat Limit

Minimum size


Most scalefish are measured from the nose to the end of the tail. Get your scalefish measuring ruler or sticker at any Service Tasmania outlet.

Other names

mirror dory, red dory

Scientific name

Cyttus australis

Grows to

Up to

50cm and 1.5kg

Identifying features

​A large eyed, silvery-pink fish with a protrusible mouth and silver colour on flanks, fins and lips with a reddish tinge. The body is very compressed and the eyes relatively large. At night, the colour changes to include brown blotches around body and head.


Found mainly in deep waters around Tasmania and the Great Australian Bight from 20-350 metres but generally at 250 metres.

Fishing information

Not commonly caught by recreational fishers in Tasmania because of the depth it is found in and its dietary preference for live, whole feed. Believed to take small lures and live bait.


Silver dory have sharp ventral and dorsal spines


The flesh is good quality, cream in colour and firm. Fillet size is small in comparison to fish size. Low oil content and moist flesh with few bones. Suitable to bake, shallow fry, grill, poach and steam.

Recipe: Grilled Dory:

2 whole dory; 4 tbsp butter; lemon juice; salt and pepper; chopped parsley.

Brush fish with butter, season with salt and pepper. Place fish on foil lined grill pan and cook under preheated grill for approximately 5 minutes on each side, basting frequently with butter and lemon juice. Serve immediately, sprinkled with parsley.


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Contact us

Recreational Fishing

Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

Hobart TAS 7000

Phone: (03) 6165 3233, 1300 720 647


Commercial Fisheries

Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

GPO Box 44

Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550


Commercial Fisheries Licensing

Level 1, 134 Macquarie St

GPO Box 44

Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550