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Restocking program fuels vision for Kununurra fishing nirvana

Kununurra is poised to become one of the best fishing destinations in Australia.

That is the vision North Regional TAFE and a group of dedicated stakeholders have set out to achieve through the State Government’s Barramundi Restocking Program.

Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly today joined representatives from North Regional TAFE, Recfishwest, Lake Kununurra Barramundi Restocking Group, Department of Biodiversity and Conservation and the MG Rangers for the release of the most recent batch of Barramundi fingerlings into Lake Kununurra.

Funded by the State Government’s Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund, the latest event marked the release of more than 650,000 fish into the lake over the past seven years.

Supported by a crowd on the bank at Lily Lagoon, NR TAFE Training Manager Jeff Cooper attributed the program’s success to teamwork with the local community.

“Working with many different groups together on this project to achieve the one collective goal is fantastic, and a true testament to how communities can work together to support and achieve great things,” Jeff said.

“Working closely with the Lake Kununurra Barramundi Restocking Group, we have been able to incorporate citizen science into the monitoring of data for the project and improve the overall outcome and benefits for the local community.”

Recfishwest CEO Andrew Rowland said Lake Kununurra was ready to takes its place as Australia’s premier impoundment fishery, taking away the need to travel outside of the State for the ultimate barramundi experience.

“Catching a metre plus Barramundi is on many peoples’ bucket list and the ongoing stocking of Lake Kununurra has created an unrivalled opportunity to realise this dream,” Andrew said.

“The results from the ongoing stocking can only be described as spectacular! Fish funded from licence money have shown growth rates that have never been seen before in the East Kimberley, with most fish being now being caught over the fabled metre mark.’’

Minister Dave Kelly was thrilled to be in Kununurra for the event, helping to mark the significant milestone by releasing the first batch of fingerlings from the bank.

“It’s fantastic to be in Kununurra today with the local community helping stock WA’s iconic barramundi into Lake Kununurra,” Minister Kelly said.

“Creating a better fishing experience in Kununurra is not only great for fishers, the regional economy and regional jobs benefit too thanks to the increase in tourism.” 

Page last updated June 11, 2019