1500 baby barra released into Palmerston lakes

If you’re hoping to hook a barra in Palmerston your chances have just improved.

The Department of Primary Industry and Resources has released 1500 barramundi fingerlings into the Palmerston lakes in Gunn and Durack this week.

The Northern Territory Government has been stocking barramundi in to Lake 3 at Sanctuary Lakes, and Lakes 5, 6 and 10 at Durack since 2012, working with Palmerston City Council to prepare the lakes to ensure the barra have the best chance of survival.

The fingerlings are bred at the Darwin Aquaculture Centre and then released into the lakes, as barramundi can only breed in salt water, not in fresh water, so stocking the lakes is vital to maintaining a barramundi population in the Palmerston lakes.

Breeding and growing these fingerlings is just one program that is developed at the Darwin Aquaculture Centre 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.

Palmerston lakes are strictly catch and release only and any fish caught must be returned to the lakes.

Information about how to safely handle and release your catch is available on the Northern Territory Government website.

Barramundi fingerlings are released into a lake in Palmerston
Barramundi fingerlings are released into a lake in Palmerston