Barramundi back on menu as season re-opens

FRESH barramundi will be back on the menu when the barra fishing season re-opens on Sunday.

Queensland Seafood Industry Association president Karen Collard said wild-caught barramundi was one of the state's most popular fish.

"The much awaited opening of the season demonstrates the reach of the commercial seafood sector into the state and regional economies" Mrs Collard said.

Barramundi and other species caught along with them, including king threadfin, blue threadfin and grunter bream, are in big demand at seafood retailers across the state.

"Barra season provides a significant boost in the economic activity of many regions in north Queensland," Mrs Collard said.

"It's fantastic news for commercial fishing small family businesses, seafood wholesalers and retailers, and all the other businesses in Queensland that provide goods and services to the seafood industry".

The closure allowed the fish to spawn around river mouths and adjacent areas of brackish water during spring and summer, ensuring fish stocks continued to be sustainable.