Fisheries Infosite

Parore Auckland(West) (PAR9)
Maori name
Scientific name
Girella tricuspidata

Physical characteristics

Parore has a silver-grey body colour with black stripes. There is a golden tinge to the face and lips. Parore grow to a maximum length of 60 cm, but most adult fish are 30-40 cm.

Life cycle

Parore have a maxiumum age of 10 years. They are a relatively fast growing fish, reaching 30 cm by age 5, at which point growth slows. Sexual maturity is reached at a length of 28 cm and spawning occurs during late spring and early summer.


In New Zealand, Parore are found along the East and West coasts of the North Island. They live inshore to depths of 50 m, but are usually found in waters less than 10 m deep. They are found in areas such as estuaries, reefs, and mangrove forests. Adult Parore are mostly herbivorous, feeding on seaweeds and invertebrates.

Key statistics
Reported commercial catch1 (tonnes)
Quota value estimate2 (NZ$m)
Exports estimate2 (NZ$m)
1 Reported commercial catch is calculated for the 12 month period to 30/09/2025
2 Quota value and exports are calculated pro-rata to reported commercial catch for the 12 month period to 30/09/2025