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Barramundi

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Barramundi Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Asian Seabass, Barra. Giant Perch, Palmer Perch U.S. Farmed in Recirculating Systems
Barramundi Avoid: Avoid these products for now. These fish come from sources that are overfished or fished or farmed in ways that harm the environment. Asian Seabass, Barra. Giant Perch, Palmer Perch Indo Pacific (except Australia) Farmed in Open Systems
Barramundi Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Asian Seabass, Barra. Giant Perch, Palmer Perch Australia Farmed in Fully Recirculating Systems
Barramundi Avoid: Avoid these products for now. These fish come from sources that are overfished or fished or farmed in ways that harm the environment. Asian Seabass, Barra. Giant Perch, Palmer Perch Indonesia Wild


Barramundi, Wild, Indonesia

Wild-caught barramundi from Indonesia ranks as "Avoid" due to concerns about the impacts of fishing on this population and ineffective fisheries management.

Summary

Barramundi is caught off eastern Indonesia using a variety of gear types. Although the hook-and-line fishery has a lower impact on bycatch species, overall concerns about the population status remain high and therefore all types of fishing rank as "Avoid."

Lack of management in these fisheries is primarily due to lack of resources. This results in very little monitoring of this species, or of fishing activity and its impacts. Consequently little is known about the status of this fishery.


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