Maintaining the barramundi population in Palmerston lakes
In partnership with the Palmerston City Council, the Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade (DITT) today released 100 barramundi into Palmerston lakes.
The large fish over 45cm long and weighing around 1.5kg, were specifically bred at the Darwin Aquaculture Centre (DAC) for restocking the lakes to support recreational catch and release fishers.
The fish have been bred and grown in salt water and have been gradually introduced to increasing amounts of freshwater over the past week. DITT staff inspect the lakes for suitability before every release and the process is carefully managed to ensure the fish are not stressed.
Breeding and growing barramundi is just one program that is developed at the Darwin Aquaculture Centre. Palmerston lakes were first stocked with barramundi in 2012, and then annually since 2016. Each year, DAC spawns barramundi over the wet season and releases approximately 100,000 fingerlings into Manton Dam and Palmerston lakes.
This ongoing partnership demonstrates the Northern Territory Government’s commitment to improving recreational fishing opportunities and supports another local fishing spot for recreational fishers and budding anglers.