Barramundi Fish Farm

Barramundi is becoming popularly known in the U.S., particularly as substitute to white fish meat. It lends itself well to aquaculture because of its fast-growing and hardy nature. It is usually raised outside its natural habitat with the use of recirculating systems.

Are you interested in learning more about the basics of barramundi farming? Read our guide.

Barramundi is native to tropical north Australia waters and has just been introduced into the U.S. market. That is why it cannot be easily found in local markets. It can be found fresh or frozen in whole and fillet forms. Barramundi is characterized by its sweet-tasting flesh. It is used as substitute for some white fish, particularly the sea bass. Those sold in markets, averages one to two pounds in weight. They are normally available all-year round.

In Australia, it is farmed in a variety of system such as ponds and open net pens or cages. In the U.S., it is usually raised in large tanks, isolated pools, or recirculating systems. As such, barramundi farming has little problem about fish escaping into the ocean and carrying diseases to wild stocks or of polluting other water bodies. A famous barramundi farm in the U.S. is found in Massachusetts.

What Makes Barramundi Ideal for Farming

Barramundi are found ideal for farming because of their fast-growing and hardy nature. They spawn in saltwater, but they can be grown in varied environments – may it be fresh, salt or brackish water. They can also be stocked at higher densities. And while they are carnivores -- feeding on smaller fishes, and some shellfish -- they also feed on high-protein grain diets. Growth rates vary, but usually, commercial-sized one-pounder barramundi can be produced in six months.

Because they are farmed in the U.S. in closed systems and because of their low dependence on fish-based diet, they are considered more environmentally friendly fish to grow, particularly in comparison with salmon, which depend largely on fishmeal for their diet. In addition, in the U.S., they are raised naturally. That is, without the aid of hormones or antibiotics.

Farming Barramundi in Closed Environment

Barramundi farms usually use recirculating systems to raise the fish. They construct fully enclosed, insulated buildings for better control of farming conditions like temperature. The buildings house growout tanks. The tanks are equipped with biological and mechanical filters to clean the water and aerators to supply additional oxygen needed by the fish. A most important requirement in constructing a recirculating aquaculture facility is the availability of constant supply of power and quality water.

With the use of a recirculating system, a farm can produce fish whole-year round. This is possible through rotational stocking and harvesting wherein fish are stocked in new tanks monthly until they are harvested. In stocking the fish, grading is often necessary to prevent big fish from eating the smaller ones in the lot.


  • Tom Lanier said on April 4, 2009
    Can the barramundi be stocked in a farm pond in South Georgia? This would be semi-permanent as with bass, bream, catfish, etc. Thank you.
  • Chris Hansen said on July 28, 2009
    Where can I purchase barramundi hatch-lings and how do I get started raising them?
  • Worasit Prommee said on August 21, 2009
    Were certified live fish exporter from Department of Fisheries, Thailand. We export/supply Barramundi fry/fingerlings. We experienced to ship 2.5 cm pellet feed trained for RAS aquaculture in USA. Feel free to contact us for discussion. Worasit Prommee, Asia Tropic Zone Co.,Ltd., Thailand +66 29332568 Office,
  • Arthur Roberts said on September 8, 2009
    HI, Can you recommend a good read to learn more about Barramundi fish farming and how I might start be able to start something up in the US. Thank you, regards, -Art
  • Worasit Prommee said on October 14, 2009
    Please study barramundi farming culture from link. Worasit Prommee, Asia Tropic Zone co.,Ltd. Thailand
  • john Harbuck said on January 10, 2010
    I am John Harbuck from PACERS, Inc., 19525 North Creek Rd., Florala, AL 36442. I would like to start a barramundi fish farm here.
  • pattie said on February 15, 2010
    where can i purchase barrimundi in the boston ma area?
  • Lulu said on March 4, 2010
    I would like to start Barramundi fish farming in Canada. How can I get started?
  • Leda said on March 19, 2010
    how to start a barramundi fish farm in Elk River MN
  • Steven Giese said on April 12, 2010
    I would like to sell a 98 acre Fish Farm licensed to sell Barramundi, Jade Perch, Silver Perch, and other Australian species located in Central Florida. It is the only farm licensed both Federally and By the state to produce these species. It currently has 10 acres of production with a 7 acre remediation natural bio filtration network for 100 % recirculation with zero discharge. There is another possible 20 to 25 acres on site that can be developed along with indoor production facilities that can be built. St Cloud, Florida. Contact Steve at
  • gary strickler said on April 26, 2010
    where can I purchase barrimundi hatch-lings in the Ft. Myers, Fl. area
  • Ian said on May 4, 2010
    Where can I purchase Barramundi fry and what type of food do you use? I'm currently growing tilapia in a closed RAS in Volusia County and would like to add barramundi to our product line.
  • Otam Chankasingh said on June 22, 2010
    i am also interested in purchasing barrumundi fingerlings to raise in alberta, canada. Are there any hatcheries of this specie in the USA?
  • Harry said on August 12, 2010
    I am in Apopka nd like to have some fingerling for my experiment. I am starting a tilapia farm in my backyard as an experiment. and would like to add the baramundi too, please help in this as it is a new venture for me
  • NITIN GOHIL said on September 26, 2010
    We are in aquaculture business. We culture BLACK TIGER PRAWN (p. monodon). We r also interested to start BARRAMUNDI farming, as we are just beginners please help us and send detailed know how. thanks. Contact: AADARSH AQUACULTURE PVT.LTD. MUMBAI, INDIA.
  • Bob Wighton said on October 5, 2010
    We have just started a fishing park in Pattaya Thailand stocking it with Barramundi. The two ponds are fresh water, one spring fed, the other from natural cross flow supply. Many of our first 200 fish have died !! They have come from a brackish environment to fresh. How do we introduce the fish successfully to this new environment & where do we buy the food pellets here in Thailand ? Any information would be very much appreciated. Regards, Bob.
  • Kevin Bowker said on October 12, 2010
    I would also be interested in a Barramundi venture in Canada, my main concern would be temperature. I am a business school graduate and can help raise capitol. I also have experience in designing and building bio reactors for algae growth, which could be of use. Please get in touch if interested. 905 599 3419.
  • Barron River Fish Farms LLC said on February 4, 2011
    looking to buy jade perch in the US..
  • Jack said on February 12, 2011
    I am located in southwest missouri, where can a person purchase the Barramundi, am interested in stocking a pond for entertainment as well as food(fish) source.
  • Paul V. Preminger said on June 24, 2011
    We are in the process of developing a large (20 tonne per day) land based fish farm using seawater with incubation and maduration pens on land including fertilizer production and zero discharge and some on-land production of feed for Barramundi. All vendors of roe and/or alivens please contact me. Paul V. Preminger
  • Jose C Atil Jr said on August 3, 2011
    I used to raise tilapia in Thermal, California but the restrictions on digging at 800 ft or deeper prevented expansion for to get hot, salty water from underground at 87F. However, at 200 feet we can dig wells that provide fresh water. Is 5 acres of land area good to start a a barramundi farm on commercial scale? How much of investment do we expect to be able to operate and maintain such a farm?
  • tonio bauer said on August 4, 2011
    have a nice size farm with good running water in Guatemala and like to get into barramundi farming. If anybody interested on a joint-venture,contact m.e
  • Dennis O'Loughlin said on August 28, 2011
    I am interested in farming Barramundi in Missouri, how does it all work.
  • Henry Perry said on September 5, 2011
    I am starting a small home aquaponics operation in the Bahamas. Am looking for a supply of Barramundi fry/fingerlings to start the system with. If you cannot ship to the Bahamas I can come and pick them up. Please let me know how I can do this. Thank You Hap Perry
  • willy baxter said on September 20, 2011
    I am at present looking at setting up a large production unit for Barramundi and see in your above article they can utilize some protein from grain can anyone expand on this information. regards Willy
  • Rolando Wer said on September 30, 2011
    I`m in Guatemala, Central America, and need to find a Barramundi breeder in the US, better in Florida or Texas.
  • M A Manik said on October 5, 2011
    We are from the Maldives Island in the Indian Ocean. As we have sea all around us we are very much interested in farming Baramundi. Where cud we buy the fingerling and the necessary foods within a close vicinity. like thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia etc. Best regards. Manik
  • Emilio Bauer said on October 11, 2011
    I am in Guatemala Central America, and I am interesting in finding a Barramundi breeder in the area. I wonder if in Mexico are Barramundi aquaculture farms? I have a wonderful place with a very good quality gravity water flow and finishing the first 7 ponds, aprox 2 acres.
  • Mike Johnson said on October 13, 2011
    Hi, I'd like to buy some live stock so I can release it into the local lakes and rivers and ruin the local will happen. I just finished watching a bass fishing show from the US and they were fishing barramundi from their bassboat...on WFN. Someone WILL introduce these into our North American waters.
  • johan odendaal said on November 7, 2011
    how can i start with barramundi farming in South Africa. will i be able to import live barramundi, tx johan
  • George said on January 3, 2012
    Hi - Located in CA and wondering where there is a Barramundi farm in the US. Looking to buy live Barramundi.
  • Eric Liu said on January 18, 2012
    We are seeking technical support or anyone on joint-venture to start barramundi farming in China. call Eric on 0404 078162.
  • dale everett said on May 5, 2012
    we are located in davie florida and currently raise tilapia. would like to know where we can purchase barramundi fingerlings. thanks
  • Johnny Lam said on June 9, 2012
    I'm looking a barramundi fish farm near East coast who produce that kinds of fish which i am very interest thank you
  • jade sun said on June 13, 2012
    I'm looking for Barramund's fish maw ,where I can find it I need more than 10 tons to ship to Taiwan ,Please let me know where to look for thanks.
  • Kevin Miller said on June 20, 2012
    I would like to know if it would be possible to farm barramundi in Thailand and where can you purchase baby barra I am from Australia Thank you regards Kevin
  • JohnnyL said on July 3, 2012
    is there any barramundi fish pond in east? I am interest purchase large of amount every week
  • susan said on July 8, 2012
    I'm looking to purchase Barramundi Hatch-lings that i have large ponds and everything set up for
  • susan said on July 8, 2012
    Can anyone provide me the infromation where can I purchase Barramundi Hatch-lings
  • Don Stark said on July 18, 2012
    Olympia, Washington State, USA. Want to set up Barramundi farm, have necessary license and ready to grow.. All help and info appreciated
  • EP said on September 9, 2012
    We are starting a Fish, Farm and want to know where can we purchase barramundi fingerlings. Thanks, EP
  • BT said on September 16, 2012
    am starting a farm in Volusia County and interested in purchasing Barramundi hatchlings to supplement shrimp and Tilapia farming. Thanks.
  • Latasha Peets said on September 18, 2012
    i am interesting in setting up a Barramundi farm in Bermuda. I would like to buy barramundi fingerlings and food for them. Can you help please
  • Sharon Palumbo said on December 1, 2012
    Hello. I am working on an aquaponics system and in search of a source to purchase Barramundi fry or fingerlings for the system. I would appreciate any information on where I might purchase Barramundi.
  • rex j ticao said on April 7, 2013
    hi! i am looking for high quality barramundi fry. we operate a fish farm in the philippines and quality fry is not enough. can you help.
  • Dr Nasser Al-Maawali said on July 3, 2013
    I am planning to start a new project here in Oman to raise Barramundi in a RAS system producing around 10 ton every month. can someone send me a layout diagram if available for the incubation tanks and the fattening with the mechanical and biological filters.
  • darryl said on July 8, 2013
    Dear @Dr Nasser Al-Maawali, good day. I would like to speak with you on the above topic. If you would like to do so please email me your mobile number and i will give you a call. Thanks and best regards, Darryl. my email address is
  • David Isolano said on September 9, 2013
    I am looking for 15,000 barramundi fry a month.
  • pragash said on December 7, 2013
    in malaysia how to do the barramundi farm? i'm planing to do barramundi, garouper and tilapia fish farm in the sea. is that possible? if its possible, how should i do nets? i want the measurement?
  • Redha J.Almandeel said on February 28, 2014
    Hi There, I am a businessman in Bahrain. I own an agricultural farm in Bahrain. I would like to start a fish farm in Bahrain ASAP. I am presently visiting Pattaya and would like to visit a fish farm in pattaya to obtain knowledge on how to go about to establish a fish farm in Bahrain, your timely cooperation would be gratefully appreciated. I will be departing for Bahrain on wednesday 5th March 2014. Best wishes. Redha J, Almandeel
  • leyaquath ali khan said on March 4, 2014
    I am an aquaculturist and running a barramundi farm in sri lanka since 2012, in my 2nd batch now is about 1.5kg in weight 2 days back i had few fellows died and floating when i cut open i noticed dark yellowish thing have been formed, the ph of the pond was 9 at that time. may anyone can help me in this regard. my pond size is 1 hactare and stocking density 9000pcs. thanks khan
  • Robert Parkes said on March 18, 2014
    Hello @Redha J.Almandeel, I trust your recent trip to Pattaya proved useful. Naser Resources incorporated in Qatar is about to embark on a number of advanced technology fish farms in the uae and we would be pleased to assist in your objectives.Do not hesitate to be in touch if you feel our expertise will assist you in establishing a successful extension to your business. Best regards, Robert. 0044 7711 022467
  • Zul Mohamed said on March 18, 2014
    Funds available for investment please do get back to us. As we are interested to work with your Company by investing in your company and also export of your product to Asia Pacific.
  • Stephen Anderson said on May 6, 2014
    Looking to establish an aquaponics farm in Southwest CT. We are looking for barramundi fingerlings. Where can we purchase them? THX
  • Saurabh said on July 1, 2014
    @Redha J.Almandeel, Hello Mr. Redha, How are you? Nice to see you here after long time, last time we met few years ago in Pune-India. Now I am not a student, I am a professional in Australia. I would be happy if I can help you in some way. Please send me your contact or contact me on Best wishes, Saurabh
  • Angela Aloisi said on August 21, 2014
    If anyone ever responds to this post, I would love to have a source for these fish for my home aqua phonics system. I live in Rustburg VA.
  • Asia Tropic Zone Co.,Ltd. said on August 31, 2014
    Barramundi fry / fingerlings all year to supply form Thailand. Please contact info @
  • Richard said on September 9, 2014
    is there any way to get these fingerlings shipped in the US?
  • tim said on October 20, 2014
    have aquaponics setup and am really tired of tilapia, where can I buy barramundi fingerlings. I am in las vegas, nv
  • suresh kumar said on November 21, 2014
    i am very much interested about barramundi cultivation in india at andhrapradesh east godavari location. bay of bengal
  • rick strong said on December 2, 2014
    where may I obtain fingerlings in the Kansas area to start fish farm
  • Ronald said on December 3, 2014
    Central Midwest interested in barramundi and all aquatic fish for production in 30 ft tanks. Please advise me of the possible purchase of seedlings and restock fingerlings for all the above mentioned fish and the mortality rate for each while raising each. Thanks (Twin Creek Farms ). Ronald
  • dennis said on December 15, 2014
    i have a 900 acre farm in georgia two large wells 3000 gals per min. 20000 sq ft of metal bldg looking for investors to start fish farm.
  • femmy said on April 17, 2015
    reply to item 63, i am keen to discuss with dennis about his intention to farm barramundi
  • Ravi Kumar said on August 14, 2015
    Am interested in starting barramundi culture in existing sea water ponds in india, can u help with fingerling suppliers in india
  • JAMAL AHMED said on October 4, 2015
    We are located in Canada and have top of the line solution for Indoor RAS for raising Barramundi, Tilapia and Cat Fish in USA, Entire Middle East, India and South East Asia. Can recommend projects according to budget. Contact us for further info : Jamal Ahmed,
  • Oscar Meade said on November 10, 2015
    We are USA based and have a very large Barramundi and trout indoor farm. We CAN SUPPLY BARRAMUNDI FINGERLINGS ANYWHERE IN USA. Please email us with your needs giving your name, email, phone and location. Oscar,, contact us for your USA fingerling needs
  • James said on April 5, 2016
    I'm so interested to start with barramundi farming in my local district in PNG and would very much like to know how to go about starting one. I'm looking at establishing a hatchery as well as farming cages to hold fish once they come out of the nursery. please I would like a suitable design of the hatchery as well as the farming facilities required. My email:
  • Agnes Russel said on June 2, 2016
    I am a third year student of Divine Word University in Madang province, Papua New Guinea. The Bachelor Degree I am taking is PNG Studies and International Relations. One of the courses that we are learning this semester is Community Development and Practices and in one of our discussions, we looked at Capacity Building in our nation. Through this topic we were assigned to go into communities in groups and do a need analysis for specific communities and write up a community profile for each of them. Through this assignment, we found out the specific needs of each of the communities and in our groups, we were then assigned to write up a project proposal to help tackle the need if we are successful enough in finding donors. My group was assigned one of the top needs, which is a Barramundi fish farm project. This project was in operation a few years back in this particular community which provided income and very much helped the livelihood of the community, however it has ended due to some circumstances beyond the community's reach. We would like to very much revive the project,however we do not have enough information and idea on the background information of re-starting up the Barramundi fish farm project, therefore we would like to kindly ask if the you can help us with information regarding the setup of a Baramundi fish farm project generally. The specific information that we would like to kindly ask and seek your assistance in are as follows; -Best location site for starting up the project -Structure of the Fish farm -Type of Materials used to build fish farm -Methods of breeding -The type breeding environment -Length of time for breeding -Cost of fish & its feed -Length of time in which the project can last -How will it benefit the community? -Disadvantages and advantages of the project If you can supply any extra information in regards to how to create a barramundi fish farm, we would be very grateful. Your help will be very much appreciated by my group and I and we look forward to your reply. Kindest regards.
  • Muhammad Usman said on August 29, 2016
    I am Muhammad Usman from Multan Pakistan, i have about 500 acre fish farm. Now i am interested for BARRAMUNDI FISH FARMING I am trying to get better source of knowledge of its farming and its nursry seeds. can any one give me better source of knowledge about this 00923018633358
  • Raquib Quasem said on August 28, 2017
    Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS)
    1.Freshwater water farming.
    2.Indoor fish farming.
    3.Fish species. Catfish, Barramundi, Pangasias, Tilapia, Vietnamese Perch
    4.Total water volume. 100,000 Liters
    5.Harvest size. 10 Metric tons
    6.Farming cycle time. 4 Months
    7.Temperature in summer and winter.
    8.Tank size. 10,000 Liters
    NB: We require total CIF/CFR cost(Chittagong, Bangladesh) in USD for:
    Indoor RAS Fish Farm with 10 Metric Ton / 4 month cycle capacity. We require technical support for installation and pilot production. Turnkey projects welcome. We are happy to visit your factory in China, if invited, and visit projects where you have supplied your equipment.
    Thank you, Raquib Quasem, E-mail:, Cell: +880-1715416888


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