Science Serving Maryland's Coasts

Research Publications: UM-SG-RS-2007-28


Transporting live fish.




Webster, D


Timmons, MB; Ebeling, JB, eds. Recirculating Aquaculture. Northeastern Regional Aquaculture Center. Chapter 15:573-595


Fish transport is life support for the animals. In order to have a successful business, you have to keep your fish alive during shipping. When using RAS technology, this frequently means learning how to move healthy fish into the system as well as shipping them to market in live form. It makes little sense to spend time and effort to develop and operate an efficient system if you don't also learn how to move animals without causing them harm. Many times fish being transported live are treated poorly during shipment, which leads to stress, disease, and ongoing mortality for several weeks or even months. The first consideration when live hauling is to know that the species you are moving will affect how you move them. Many species require different water temperature and loading rates for successful transport. Live shipment is involved in two aspects of the business: fingerling transport from supplier to the culture facility, and shipment of product to live markets. This chapter discusses how to insure that fish arrive at their destination alive. Among the important factors covered are equipment, vehicles, permits, maintaining water quality, temperature and tempering, loading, and additives.

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