Blue Ocean Institute


Species is relatively abundant, and fishing methods cause little damage to habitat and other wildlife.

Barramundi is a fast growing species of fish found in tropical and sub-tropical waters of the Western and Central Pacific and Indian Oceans. They begin life as males and after several years of spawning transition to females for the remainder of their life.

Barramundi are a highly fecund fish, with large females producing more than 10 million eggs each year. Abundance of Barramundi appears to be healthy overall, though information is lacking from some areas.

Barramundi can live in freshwater, brackish and marine habitats, and are typically caught with gillnets. Gillnets cause little habitat damage, but may occasionally catch endangered species like sawfish.

Full species report here.