Manton Dam welcomes barramundi fingerlings

Northern Territory anglers have 110,000 more reasons to get excited about fishing at Manton Dam. The Northern Territory Government has recently released a record number of barramundi fingerlings into the popular fishing spot.

Northern Territory anglers have 110,000 more reasons to get excited about fishing at Manton Dam. The Northern Territory Government has recently released a record number of barramundi fingerlings into the popular fishing spot. Barramundi need salt water to breed, meaning the population in Manton Dam’s freshwater system has no capacity to reproduce. This makes annual restocking of the dam vital for sustaining the barramundi population.

The barra fingerlings are bred and grown in salt water at the Darwin Aquaculture Centre and are gradually introduced to increasing amounts of freshwater in the week leading up to their release. The 30-40 mm fingerlings are then released into multiple sheltered areas across the dam.

The Territory Government has committed to investing $50 million over five years to improve recreational fishing opportunities for all Territorians and visitors, as well as enhancing the Territory’s reputation as a world-class fishing destination. These efforts include ensuring that inland and coastal fish stocks are healthy, as well as improving access to remote fish resources. The future will see a focus on improving recreational fishing infrastructure to allow better access to the water across the Territory.

Barramundi fingerlings
Barramundi fingerlings being released at Manton Dam

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