Barra fingerlings released into Palmerston Lakes

As part of the NT Government’s commitment to recreational fishing, around 500 barramundi fingerlings have been released into lakes throughout Gunn and Durack.

This is the second consecutive year that government has stocked barramundi in these popular family areas. Prior to that the lakes had been stocked in 2012.

These fingerlings were specifically bred for restocking by staff at the Darwin Aquaculture Centre (DAC) and were released into the lake under plants and lilies which provide shelter to the fish.

The barramundi fingerlings are bred and grown in salt water at the DAC and were gradually introduced to increasing amounts of freshwater prior to their release.

Earlier this year, more than 100,000 barramundi fingerlings were also released into Manton Dam, another popular fishing and recreation area for families.

Recreational fishing is an icon of the Territory lifestyle; it adds value to many of our communities and makes a significant contribution to our economy.

Breeding and growing these fingerlings is just one program that is developed at the DAC and is a great boost to our recreational anglers.The Territory Government has committed to invest $50 million over five years to grow and develop recreational fishing, including a focus on improving infrastructure to allow better access to the water across the Territory.

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Barra fingerlings released into Palmerston Lakes

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