Breeding barra returned to the wild nine years and 2,000 kilometres later!

IT’S like the Kimberley’s answer to Finding Nemo and it involves barra – big barra!

Rewind to 2013 in Kununurra, when 12 barramundi were caught, placed in a customised trailer and transported 1,000km north-east to Regional TAFE’s Aquaculture Centre in Broome.

Over the past nine years, these fish grew from around 50 centimetres to a metre, changed sex from male to female and spawned almost 250,000 baby barra between them.

Last month, those original 12 barra made the 1,000km return journey and were released back into Lake Kununurra to see out the rest of their years.

Recfishwest says, it’s a testament to the stocking program run by the North regional TAFE in Broome and the local Lake Kununurra Barramundi Stocking Group, which has seen more than one million barra released into its waterways since 2013 to become “barra-dise” for anglers around the world.

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