Nine years and 2,000km later - 12 breeding barra return to Kununurra
It’s a fish journey that gives Finding Nemo a run for its money.
Rewind to 2013 in the East Kimberley Ord River in Kununurra, where 12 barramundi were caught, placed in a specially adapted trailer and transported over 1,000km north-east to North Regional TAFE’s Aquaculture Centre in Broome.
Over the past nine years, they grew from around 50cm in length to about one metre, changed from male to female and spawned almost a quarter of a million baby barra between them.
On the beautiful morning of July 8th, those original 12 barramundi made the 1,000 km ‘return-journey’ and were released into Lake Kununurra, where they will see out the rest of their years.
“It was so good seeing these animals go full circle and return to where they’re from,” said Milton Williams, North Regional TAFE Senior Aquaculture Technician, who has worked at the centre for the last 15 years and oversaw the release operation of these magical fish.
“Having seen them grow and do their bit spawning, it was so rewarding watching them swim off into their wild habitat.”
It is a testament to the stocking program run alongside the North Regional TAFE in Broome and our local Lake Kununurra Barramundi Stocking Group, which has seen more than one million barramundi released into the waterways since 2013.
Want to read more about the release of these 12 barramundi in Kununurra? Check out the Recfishwest article here.