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Some important facts
by Peter Richards
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Barramundi can be: -
Local and wild caught
Local and farmed
Imported can be
Local and wild caught, comes in season, from North Queensland and the Northern Territory. Farmed local product comes all year through but may be produced in dams with fresh water or in saltwater. Some producers of dam raised Barramundi purge the fish in clean or filtered water before harvest but they still may have a muddy taste. The very best farmed Barramundi comes from saltwater ponds or net pens where the water is moving and this produces a firm flesh similar to the wild caught variety.
Local Barramundi Closed Season
Barramundi throughout the Queensland east coast, a closed season applies to barramundi from midday 1 November to midday 1 February, except in and from waterways upstream of Awoonga, Burdekin Falls, Callide, Eungella, Fairbairn, Fred Haigh (Lake Monduran), Kinchant, Koombooloomba, Lenthalls, Peter Faust, Teemburra, Tinaroo and Wuruma Dams.
The dates for the Gulf of Carpentaria closed season for barramundi each year are midday 7 October to midday 1 February (but possession on boats at sea will be allowed until midday 17 October).
These closures do not apply in East Leichhardt Dam and Belmore, Corella, Julius and Moondarra Lakes, and to waterways upstream of these impoundments. Contact your local QBFP office for more details on the timing of the closed seasons."
A basic online guide has been developed to help identify fish listed as Coral Reef Fin Fish. This reef fish web guide groups fish into families. For full details of the legislation visit the Office of the Queensland Parliamentary Counsel website.
Coral trout species include: -
Common coral trout or Leopard trout: Plectropomus leopardus
Blue-spot trout: Plectropomus laevis
Footballer trout: Plectropomus laevis (a different colour morph of blue spot trout)
Bar-cheeked trout or Island trout: Plectropomus maculatus
Passionfruit trout or Leopard trout: Plectropomus areolatu
Sand Crab and Mud Crab Measurements
Blue swimmer crab measurements for Queensland Australia.
This is taken to be the point(notch) immediately forward of the base of the large lateral spine (See below).
Male blue swimmer crabs notch to notch 11.5cm.*
Male Mud Crabs 15cm spine to spine.
Female Blue Swimmers and Female Mud Crabs cannot be taken in Queensland.
Additional information please see the Queensland Government Department of Primary Industries web site.
(* The old sand crab (blue swimmer) measurement was 15cm spine to spine.)
Department of Primary Industries Queensland Links
Link to Standard Fish Names
Information on Basa Farming
Pangasius (Tra) fish is of the Pangasiidae family of catfish and the scientific name is Pangasius hypothalmus. This fish is native to the Mekong Delta including Vietnam and other neighboring countries including Laos, Cambodia and Thailand. It was originally caught in the Great Lake of Cambodia. Farmers along the Mekong River started farming Basa in the 1950's but farming of Basa was not commercialized until the 1990's.
Pangasius was first grown out in floating cages and later in open aquaculture ponds along the Mekong river and its branches from about 2003. The old technique of cage farming has been replaced by the new technique of pond farming. Pangasius is currently farmed all over the Mekong Delta along the Hau and Tien Rivers which are the two branches of Mekong River that run through Vietnam.
Prior to harvest raw material is tested for antibiotics. Only qualified raw material is sent to the factories for processing.
Live fish are transported to the factories by 'well boats' within 2 hours of harvest. Upon receipt at the processing factory the live fish are washed, filleted, graded, packed and snap frozen within 60 minutes of their arrival.
Information courtesy of
Vinh Hoan Corporation
National Road 30, Ward 11, Cao Lanh City, Dong Thap Province, Vietnam
Tel: (84.67) 3891166, 3891663, 3891664
Fax: 84.67) 3891062
Ho Chi Minh City Branch
Striped Catfish (Pangasius Hypothalmus)
The striped or "tra" catfish (Pangasius hypothalmus also known as Pangasius sutchi) is a very hardy catfish species cultured widely in Asia. The fish achieves 1.5kg within a year (from 0.5g) and is very tolerant of poor water quality and low dissolved oxygen levels (is a facultative air breather, so no aeration necessary). It is happy eating a wide range of food and is often raised on manures or waste feedstuffs. The flesh of the fish tends to be tinged with yellow and is high in lipid. Flesh quality can be controlled to a large extent by using selected feeds and low protein feed has been shown to reduced fat content and increase the shelf life of the meat.
Striped catfish are most commonly raised in earth ponds, but cage culture has been very successful in Vietnam. The fish can also be raised successfully at high density in clear water recirculating systems, although the fish much prefer dank, murky, organic conditions. Results are best at high water temperature (30 degrees C minimum).
Within the last 10-20 years, the striped catfish has become popular with consumers in the U.S. as a cheap alternative to locally farmed channel catfish. The U.S. government, in attempt to remove the threat to local catfish farmers, imposed anti-dumping duties in 2003. Not only were high import taxes applied, but importers are required to pay a year in advance in the form of customs bond.
Basa Catfish (Pangasius Bocourti)
The basa catfish (Pangasius bocourti) is very similar to the striped catfish in appearance. The body is shorter and fatter, but the species can only be told apart by close examination of fin rays and teeth. They are more difficult to spawn than striped catfish, although they are more fecund and only spawn one time per year. They are not as hardy as striped catfish, and not so tolerant of low oxygen and poor water quality. They are also different in that the flesh is white and provides a more attractive fillet. They grow to a similar maximum size of over 10kg, but growth is a little slower. They achieve a size of 1.5kg in 12 months."
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The scaly jewfish, also referred to as the jewel fish, has an elongated body, distinctly bulbous nose with underslung jaw, and a yellowish tail and ventral fins. The scaly jewfish species is commonly misidentified as the silver jewfish and/or black jewfish.
Caught with various types of bait, this fish can also be caught in large numbers when they are schooling.
The scaly jewfish provides the angler with a good sportfish match on light gear.
Within the Gulf of Carpentaria, size limits will apply to the scaly jewfish."
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