State Govt Releases More Than 650,000 Barramundi Into Lake Kununurra

State Govt Releases More Than 650,000 Barramundi Into Lake Kununurra

Western Australia Minister for Fisheries Dave Kelly

Fish Restocking Program Makes Kununurra A Sports Fishing Destination

Victor P Taffa

  • More than 650,000 barramundi released into Lake Kununurra as part of the State Government’s commitment to creating great fishing experiences
  • McGowan Government supporting jobs in tourism and hospitality through enhanced recfishing
  • Recreational fishing industry is worth $2.4 Billion to Western Australia each year

Lake Kununurra is set to become one of the best sport fishing spots in Australia thanks to the State Government’s barramundi restocking program which aims to create a unique inland fishery for locals and visitors.

“It’s fantastic to be in Kununurra today with the local community helping stock Western Australia’s iconic barramundi into Lake Kununurra.” Minister for Fisheries Dave Kelly said.

“We have reached a significant milestone in the restocking process with more than 650,000 barramundi now released.”

More than 650,000 barramundi fingerlings have been released into Lake Kununurra through the restocking program since 2012. The McGowan Government provided an additional $80,000 through the Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund for the release of another 100,000 fish last month.

North Regional TAFE in Broome has managed the breeding and restocking program on behalf of the State Government in collaboration with:

  • Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions,
  • Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development,
  • Lake Kununurra Barramundi Restocking Group,
  • Miriuwung Gajerrong Rangers,
  • Recfishwest.

All barramundi fingerlings are health checked by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development prior to release and are marked using an organic dye, which illuminates under infrared light allowing the released fish to be identified in the future.

Abbreviations:

TAFE              Technical and Further Education