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Aquaculture Gladstone

Aquaculture Gladstone is a $12 million multi-species fish hatchery at Lake Awoonga. Aquaculture Gladstone has one of the largest fish stocking programs in Queensland, producing up to five million Barramundi, Mangrove Jack and Sea Mullet fingerlings a year at peak production. GAWB and the Aquaculture Gladstone facility are actively driving future growth and development of Queensland’s aquaculture industry.

The Aquaculture Gladstone facility features:

  • Recirculating Aquaculture System – efficient and reduced impact to the environment; improved production numbers to sustain general fisheries permit numbers.
  • Interpretive Display available for tours (see below for more information).
  • Laboratory facilities to support hatchery operations and research opportunities.
  • Improved fish monitoring – to provide ecology data and enhance the success of GAWB restocking programs.
  • Saltwater intake facility located on the Boyne River.

Aquaculture Gladstone releases Barramundi, Mangrove Jack and Sea Mullet fingerlings into Lake Awoonga throughout the year. For more information about the fingerlings and our releases, please contact


Aquaculture Gladstone Interpretive Display 

The Aquaculture Gladstone Interpretive Display is located front of house at our Aquaculture Gladstone facility. Complete with a live fish exhibit, the interpretive display highlights and educates visitors on the different fish species being bred at the Aquaculture Gladstone fish hatchery.

The interpretive display at Aquaculture Gladstone is also home to two incredibly rare species of Barramundi – White Barramundi and Golden Barramundi.


Golden Barramundi 

  • One-in-ten million chance of being born. 
  • Just 20 years ago, there were anecdotal reports of gold Barramundi being in existence, but not tangible evidence to support these claims. 
  • Golden Barramundi are in high demand in Asian sashimi markets for their clean taste and white flesh.
  • To this day, scientists do not understand the genetic basis for gold Barramundi. 

White Barramundi 

  • Also referred  to as ‘Albina Barra’. 
  • Albinism is caused by an alteration in the genes responsible for the production of melanin. 
  • In humans, approximately one in every 100,000 people are born with albinism, in fish, there are no statistics. 
  • Due to their bright white complexion, predators can easily seek white Barramundi out underwater, meaning they rarely reach maturity. 

Book a tour or drop in to take a look! 

Aquaculture Gladstone is open to the general public on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10am and noon. 

We are also delighted to offer tours of our display to groups including school and university students, and community organisations. We run tours for groups of up to 30 people and tours generally run for about an hour.

To express an interest in a tour, please click on the ‘make a booking’ button below and provide as much information as possible so we can tailor the tour to your group. A member of the Aquaculture Gladstone team will then be in touch to confirm details.

Please note, Aquaculture Gladstone is an operational hatchery and we reserve the right to cancel tours at short notice. 

Make a booking

For other enquiries, please email

Aquaculture Gladstone Volunteer Program

There is an opportunity to become a volunteer in our world-class Aquaculture Gladstone multi-species fish hatchery. 
Volunteers help run the interpretive display area during opening hours, special events and when there is a private tour booking. Their role is talk to the public about hatchery operations including the fish breeding program, release of the fingerlings, the aquatic environment at Lake Awoonga and general information about GAWB. All volunteers are given the information they need for their role, as well as a special volunteer shirt. 
General tasks may include:
  • sharing information (provided by GAWB) with members of the public 
  • handing out information brochures and educational material
  • providing general assistance to the public who visit the hatchery. 
The Aquaculture Gladstone Volunteer Capability Statement provides more information about the program. 
How to apply
Volunteer applications can be submitted via the NFP House Volunteer Portal all year round. Please do not send volunteer applications directly to GAWB. 
Please make sure you read the volunteer capability statement before applying. 
All Aquaculture Gladstone volunteers must be 18+, fluent in English,  hold a blue card and be available to work two to four hour shifts during the week or on Saturdays. This is an unpaid role. 
Contact NFP House for more information: 0460 792 812 or