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Barramundi

An interesting article regarding the sale of barramundi in Australia.

Whilst the species is native to many other countries, it is ludicrous that Australia cannot trademark the name “barrumundi” as it is an indigenous word.

Personally, I refuse to eat any seafood imported from Asia, primarily for health and quality concerns, and I buy Australian wild barramundi caught in the Gulf of Crpenteria.

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A decade or 3 ago the issue with Barra was substitution with other species of fish. In Woolies and Coles at least it is labelled as Australian or Vietnamese, so I’m not sure why half the people have no idea.

Since late 2013 we’ve only eaten home grown Rainbow Trout or Murray Cod when at home and often when visiting family, no supermarket fish for us :slight_smile:

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I wonder if these concerns are misplaced. There has been much media in relation to the quality or safety of imported fish, but this has been spread by vested interest groups (such as fish associations and Australia fishers).

The quality of imported (and local) fish is tested and meets Australian quality requirements.

Furthermore, many Australia fish are not grown in ‘pristine’ coastal waters and are often farmed in off stream saltwater dams (from water extracted from local marine estuaries). In many respects, the water quality could be comparable to many overseas farms.

There has also been scares about potential health consequences of eating imported fish…but interesting enough, the Australian fish and fish farming industry have not been immune to health/pathogen outbreaks from time to time. It is just the imported fishes which seem to generate better ratings and community interest.

There are however advantages of buying Australian such as supporting local employment, potentially fresher and also keeping our dollars at home.

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We only buy Australian wild caught fish such as barramundi, mackeral, coral trout and red emperor.

As far as the quality of imported seafood goes, have you forgotten the white spot prawn disaster which destroyed many prawn farms thanks to infected Asian prawns?

I haven’t forgotten white spot, neither have I forgotten the Vibrio cholerae, Norovirus, Ciguatera etc and E. coli outbreaks in Australian waters and potentially in seafood which can (and have) directly impact on the consumer’s health.

There are risks with eating any foods, but to say that Australian seafood is safer than imported seafood may not necessarily be the case.

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Fred, how sustainable are the wild caught fish you eat? Are there catch quotas etc for the species you mention? I am particularly interested because they are my favourite fish: we owned a small prawn trawler in the late 70s/ early 80s & regularly line fished the Reef to supplement income…
I was spoilt for choice - I rarely eat fish these days!

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Both Qld and NT have quotas for wild caught barramundi, and Qld also has a closed season annually to assist with breeding…

An article I read last year which I have posted below stated that NT barra fishers were not able to sell their catches, let alone at a fair price.

I buy Gulf of Carpenteria wild caught barra from a local saefood business for $25/kg, even cheaper than mackeral.

So there does not appear to be any pressure on wild stocks of barra especially as the industry are not even achieving their quotas in face of the pressure from Australian farmed and imported barra.

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