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Brunei aims to establish massive barramundi sector

4 May 2019, at 1:00a.m.

Plans to establish an barramundi industry in Brunei that is capable of producing 36,000 tonnes of fish a year have been announced this week.

The announcement follows the signing of a deal, between the sultanate’s Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Primary Resources and the Singaporean firm Barramundi Asia, to establish a hatchery and nursery for the production of juvenile barramundi (Lates calcarifer), which are also known as Asian sea bass.

A barramundi farm site, where the fish are gown in offshore net pens, in Singapore
One of Barramundi Asia's sites in Singapore

The Brunei Press reports that the company will be investing BND18 million (£10.1 million) in phase one of the project, which involves achieving an annual production capacity to 4,000 tonnes by 2024. The company then plans to gradually ramp up production to 36,000 tonnes by 2032 – an increase that will provide about 100 direct jobs.

The company intends to produce fish averaging 4 kg, both for export and domestically.