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What’s the difference between wild and farmed barramundi?

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When it comes to cooking barramundi, some people claim farmed fish are very different from wild-caught ones. A difference in flavour and texture can be due to the environment in which the fish live, but is mostly a result of the size at which they’re harvested.

  • Farmed barramundi harvested at plate-size (around 400-600g and 30-35cm) have a soft, delicate flesh, while larger fish (harvested at around 3kg) have a flakier, firmer flesh.
  • In the wild barramundi can grow up to 50kg and 1.5m long, though generally they’re caught at less than 6kg; the larger the fish, the firmer and flakier the flesh.

Barramundi occasionally have a slightly muddy flavour due to natural algae in the water. This algae is less common in salt water, where a lot of wild-caught barramundi is harvested, and so is not really an issue in salt water farms. Fresh water farms take care to ensure that fish are harvested from water that is algae free.

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