FARM­ING BAR­RAS

In­side a di­verse op­er­a­tion at Bowen pro­duc­ing bar­ra­mundi

Central and North Rural Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -

❚ Large fe­male bar­ra­mundi can pro­duce up to 32 mil­lion eggs in a sea­son

❚ The name bar­ra­mundi is Abo­rig­i­nal for “large-scaled sil­ver fish”

❚ A bar­ra­mundi’s age is de­ter­mined by count­ing growth rings on their scales (much like count­ing growth rings on a tree)

❚ Bar­ra­mundi spawn on the full moon, and their iri­des­cent skin can be seen shim­mer­ing through the wa­ter dur­ing their ‘love dance’

❚ Bar­ra­mundi have been recorded to be over 121cm long and weigh over 40kg

CAN’T BEAT BARRA: Coral Coast Bar­ra­mundi man­ager Justin For­rester talks about grow­ing 850 tonnes of fish a year. PHOTO: IS­TOCK

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