FishPac announces collaboration for running live fish shipping trials at the University of Miami Experimental Hatchery
As the world’s only approved oxygen-sustained live seafood airfreight transport system, FishPac proudly announces that we are undergoing live fish shipping trials in collaboration with the University of Miami’s Experimental Hatchery.
Our collaboration with the University’s aquaculture program at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) involves conducting simulated shipping trials of juvenile and adult stages of marine fish such as Cobia (Rachycentron canadum) and Japanese Flounder (Hirame) (Paralichthys olivaceus). These trials will shed light on different species at different developmental stages, and how they could be transported using the FishPac system, while published findings will provide us with a greater scope to grow its burgeoning live aquatic animal transport equipment business.
This is a very exciting development for our business, and an important relationship for FishPac, as the RSMAS plays a global role in aquaculture research and development, technology development, and transfer of marine fish hatchery and grow out for commercial operations.
Heading the trials, Dr Daniel Benetti, Professor & Director of Aquaculture at RSMAS, says the synergies between FishPac and RSMAS are plentiful:
“FishPac partnering with us provides great exposure for our staff and graduate assistants to the science of live fish transportation - a key aspect of any aquaculture business. Accessing FishPac’s complete system in Miami means we can undertake a raft of trials which we believe will lead to new protocols being drafted for species never previously shipped with FishPac, and which could help improve FishPac’s current protocols,” said Dr Benetti.
The research and trials could dramatically improve current non-FishPac shipping methods and practices which limit shipping biomass and have high costs since a lot of water is required. This is something of great interest to Dr Bennetti, his team, and FishPac from a scientific, practical and economical points of view.
Data collection and trial work will be the basis of FishPac’s next phase of growth, as we are currently in discussions with a multitude of businesses who currently use the system to deliver and receive live imports at various North American ports, and those who want to learn how they can integrate FishPac into their business.
We acknowledge that the key to adding value with potential clients is not only getting them to understand how FishPac works and what it can do for their business, but also developing shipping protocols for live shipments, which many of importers have never done before. Our partnership with the RSMAS at the University of Miami will help expedite this process immensely.
This collaboration with the Miami team is something we are very proud of, and privileged to be part of such a world renowned Aquaculture centre.