Latin names: Lates calcarifer
Common Names: Barra
Wild Caught - Australia
- Northern Territory Barramundi Fishery (701t 2011)
- WA Kimberley Gillnet and Barramundi Fishery (39.7t 2012-13)
NT monitors the stock health of barramundi by assessing long-term catch records and by tagging and releasing fish and recording the number that are re-caught in commercial fisheries. These measures indicate that the barramundi stock is healthy. The stock status of WA-caught barramundi is listed as 'undefined' by fisheries managers and the WA Fisheries Department have noted the need for an update of the barramundi stock assessment.
Barramundi are caught using gillnets. Some species of shark, including three species of shark known as blacktip sharks, are also caught and retained in the NT fishery; although there is research underway to assess the stock status of these sharks, there is no research currently available to assess whether catch levels are appropriate.
Threatened species caught in the NT and WA fisheries include crocodiles and sawfish. The NT fishing industry has developed a Code of Practice that details the best methods to release bycatch alive. Given the wide distribution of the protected species caught and the moderate interaction rates recorded by independent observers, there are no indications the fisheries are causing population declines of any protected species. Area closures are in place in NT to protect dugongs.