The Barramundi, ​known ⁢scientifically ⁣as Lates calcarifer, is a species of fish⁤ belonging to the ⁢family Latidae.

Conservation Status

As per the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Barramundi is currently classified ⁣as of⁣ Least Concern. ⁢Despite this, ongoing conservation ​efforts remain in place to ‌ensure healthy ​populations, including regulation of commercial‌ and recreational fishing.


The average length of the Barramundi ranges from 0.6 to⁤ 1.2 meters, and they typically ​weigh between 5 to ⁢60 kg. Their average lifespan is 20 years in the wild. As yet, there are no other noteworthy statistics.

Length (Average) 0.6 – ⁣1.2 meters
Weight‌ (Average) 5 – 60‍ kg
Average ‌Lifespan 20​ years


Barramundi thrive in the Indo-West Pacific ⁢region and are commonly found in countries like Australia, India, and ⁤Southeast ⁣Asia. They are ​known to be ‍a catadromous ​species, meaning they migrate from fresh ⁢waters to the sea to spawn.


Barramundi are capable of surviving‍ in a ‍variety of‌ water types, including fresh, brackish, and marine environments. They are typically found ​in shallow depths and⁣ prefer warm water temperatures.

When and Where to See

Due to ⁤their migratory patterns, the Barramundi are usually seen‍ moving towards the⁣ sea around ​the beginning ‌of the rainy season. They are active throughout the day but are most active at dawn​ and dusk.

Best Fishing Locations

Some of ‍the best Barramundi fishing locations include:

  • Kimberley,⁤ Australia
  • Arafura Sea,‌ Australia
  • Bass Strait, Australia
  • South China Sea
  • Andaman Sea

To locate Barramundi, look​ out for ‍estuaries and billabongs where they often dwell.

How to Catch

Live baits like ‍prawn ⁤and squid are often used to catch Barramundi. Popular fishing techniques include bottom fishing and trolling. The best time to ‌fish is ‌during the early morning or late⁢ afternoon.

Identification ​Guide

Barramundi are recognized ​for their silver​ scales, large mouth, and a dorsal fin that stretches almost the⁣ entire length of their ​body. They are often confused with ⁢the Asian Sea Bass due to‍ their similar appearance.


Barramundi is⁣ known for its mild⁤ flavor​ and firm⁤ texture. It is a low-fat source of protein and is commonly used in a variety of​ dishes, from grilling to frying. A popular recipe is the pan-seared barramundi with a lemon‍ caper sauce.

Additional Information

The Barramundi⁤ is an ⁣aggressive ​feeder and ​its diet includes smaller fish ⁤and crustaceans.⁢ The ‌major predators of the⁤ Barramundi include sharks, larger⁣ barramundi, and crocodiles. The Barramundi holds cultural significance to the Aboriginal people of Australia, who associate it with dreaming stories.

References and Further Reading

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