Australia’s largest barramundi farm has harvested a document 180 tonnes of fish within the lead-up to Easter.

The Humpty Doo Barramundi farm, situated close to Darwin, has expanded lately and now employs round 150 individuals who take care of thousands and thousands of fish throughout 200 hectares of ponds. 

Managing director Dan Richards stated it took two years for the fish to achieve harvest dimension.

“Our groups proper throughout the farm have been working onerous to develop these fish, and now within the final two weeks, they have been working onerous to reap, chill them down, pack them and ship them off across the nation,” he stated.

He stated 180 tonnes was extra barramundi than any barra farm had ever produced in every week in Australia’s historical past.

“And for us, it is about 50 per cent up on a median week,” Mr Richards stated.

To place the farm’s document weekly harvest into perspective, the Northern Territory’s wild-caught barramundi trade produces round 200 to 250 tonnes yearly.

Mr Richards stated Australia nonetheless imported numerous fish, and he was trying ahead to the federal authorities introducing nation of origin seafood labelling laws.

“There’s numerous meals fraud occurring, the place folks do not know the place their seafood is from,” he stated.

“So to have reality in labelling is absolutely thrilling and will probably be transformational for our trade.”

The wild-caught barramundi sector is beneath stress.()

Wild-caught numbers decline

The lead-up to Easter has not been as productive for business barra fishers working alongside the NT shoreline.

The wild-caught trade faces a number of challenges, together with dropping entry to key fishing grounds.

The dearth of contemporary wild-caught barramundi is noticeable in retailers round Darwin.

NT Seafood Council chief government Katherine Winchester stated some retailers haven’t got any wild-caught barra to promote in the intervening time.

“It is in all probability one of many first Easters the place customers will rock as much as the retailers they usually will not see wild-caught barramundi or a lot king threadfin salmon,” she stated.

“As a result of boats are closed from [fishing] areas close to Darwin, we’re not seeing these smaller boats delivering contemporary barra into the markets.

“There are some boats additional out, fishing within the Gulf of Carpentaria, and there is simply been an unload at Nhulunbuy, however that will not get again to Darwin in time for the Easter weekend.”

Ms Winchester stated she couldn’t keep in mind a harder time for the wild-caught sector.

“It truly is a difficult time. Round Australia, there are such a lot of issues impacting entry to fishing grounds,” she stated.

“Demand from customers is what retains the trade going, and the document harvest at Humpty Doo Barramundi reveals folks cannot get sufficient of native seafood.”

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