Last month, 150 youth, and two priests from the Daru-Kiunga Catholic diocese visited the barramundi hatchery as part of their weeklong youth rally in Daru. Selma and her team gave a presentation on the biology of barramundi and how the hatchery operates, before giving these enthusiastic young people a tour around the facility.
“Our visitors were fascinated to learn that the barramundi species initially matures as male fish for three to four years before changing into a female when they are five or six years old,” said Selma.
Selma and her team also explained that the bigger barramundi fish are female breeding stack, which should be released back into the waters when caught.
“We must use the right mesh size seine and gill net to fish during the peak spawning periods as advised by the National Fisheries Authority. In this way, everyone can help maintain the barramundi population in the Western Province waters,” she said.
“If we don’t enforce best fishing practices, we will deplete the barramundi population in our river system to the detriment of everyone.”
The South Fly Agribusiness is a joint venture with SDP the major shareholder. Innovative Agro Industry (IAI), is a significant minority shareholder and project manager. Discussions are underway for another major corporation to become a shareholder and lend their expertise and support for the venture.
As a nucleus estate, South Fly Agribusiness will create livelihoods for some 270 employees and 500 smallholders who will farm their own land as part of the integrated business system.