Malalalk (Baby Barramundi)

Malalalk is a small fish, but when it grows up it becomes a big namarnkol (barramundi). The barramundi is a very important fish for us bininj (Aboriginal people), and for Balanda (non-Aboriginal people) as well. When we catch one, we eat it. Non-Indigenous people don’t eat malalalk or other small fish, because of size restrictions on catching fish. But we Aboriginal people, we just eat malalalk, namarnkol and lots of different fish. Nawu malalalk nakka nayahwurd djenj kaluk kore kadjordmen wanjh kayimerran nakimuk namarnkol. Nawu namarnkol nakka wanjh nakuken djenj kore ngad bininj ngarrikukburlerri dja mak birrikukbele Balanda bu ngarrimang ngarringun. Birrikukbele minj kabirringun nawu malalalk dja nayahwurd djenj ngad ngarridjalngun nawu malalalk dja namarnkol dja mak nawern nawu djenj. (Text: Andrew Manakgu)