Silver Perch are the sleeping giant of world aquaculture. If Silver Perch are purged and handled properly they are equal to any other white flesh fish. The fish on Pioneer Fish Farm are handled with extreme care so that they arrive at our purging facility with no stress inflicted on them. They then spend a minimum of 7 days in our crystal clear, bio-filtered, tank system. After the Silver Perch have been purged (we use 10ppth salt water) they are then ready for Market. At all stages of growing, harvesting and purging we are able to control the circumstances and enviroment that our fish live in. This lets us guarantee the product that reaches our markets is of the highest quality available.
The Silver Perch has some fantastic health and nutrition aspects about its flesh. In recent studies conducted by organisations including the CSIRO have found that Silver Perch have very high levels of OMEGA-3 fatty acids, placing them in the top 5 fish species in Australia. This means not only does this fish taste great, it is also very good for your health.
The following is an excerpt from WA Fisheries on the Silver Perch.
Bred extensively in the commercial sector and a popular warm water aquaculture and farm dam species, silver perch are stocked heavily in impoundments, especially in New South Wales and Queensland where it has gained a popular reputation for "disappearing" after a few years. However, this is believed to be due primarily to the change of diet experienced by larger silver perch. Despite their reputation, silvers are caught in large numbers by bank anglers using bait, in many of these impoundments.
Anecdotally, one effective method when boat fishing for silvers in rivers is to find a tree fallen in the river with most of its smaller branches and twigs intact and to drive the boat into it a few times to shake up the shrimp. This reputedly stirs up the silvers something ferocious for about 15-20 mins during which time a shrimp on the hook is a good bet for a silver.
Different size and bag limits apply in the various States.