Barra fingerlings released into Palmerston lakes

The Northern Territory Government is continuing to support recreational fishers, with more than 800 barramundi fingerlings released into the Palmerston lakes.

These fingerlings were specifically bred for restocking by staff at the Darwin Aquaculture Centre (DAC) and is part of the $50 million rec fishing infrastructure program.

Last month, about 70,000 barramundi fingerlings were also released into Manton Dam as part of the annual re-stocking program.

About 40 barra of around 40cm will also be released into the lakes. These fish were left over fingerlings from last year’s stocking and have been grown in a demonstrational Aquaponics system at the DAC.

The barra fingerlings are bred and grown in salt water at the DAC and have been gradually introduced to increasing amounts of freshwater over the week prior to their release.

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 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.

Palmerston lakes were first stocked with barra by the Department of Primary Industry and Resources in 2012, then annually since 2016.

A utility vehicle with a trailer parked in front of a lake, and a Northern Territory Government employee with his back to the camera
800 barramundi fingerlings have been released into the Palmerston lakes.