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How To Transport Fresh Fish

Todd Cawley | June 1st, 2023

Retaining the quality of freshly bought or caught fish is a challenging task. You don’t want to threaten the public’s health or damage your company’s reputation and success by delivering improperly stored seafood. The key to protecting this valuable commodity is proper cold storage during transportation. For perfect delivery every time, follow these helpful tips while transporting fresh fish:


  • Before packing, rinse the fish under cold water to help keep it clear of contaminants, then pat it dry with paper towels. 
  • Place the fish on a cake rack, ensuring no overlap, then place the rack on top of a shallow pan. Fill the pan with crushed ice if traveling long distances.
  • Be sure to store fish at a low temperature. Continuously measure the seafood’s temperature, keeping it below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • When moving fresh fish, you’ll need a refrigerant. There are many to choose from, including gel, dry, or wet ice. Among these options, wet ice is effective, but can melt fairly quickly, posing a risk of flooding the container. Dry ice works, but can be difficult to handle. Gel packs are affordable and won’t melt, but they might not keep fish as cold as ice. By combining gel packs and another option, you may get the best results.
  • Refer to the Perishable Cargo Regulations (PCR) Manual for a list of raw food transport standards. Transportation of perishable food items must also comply with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s requirements.
  • Invest in a reliable refrigerated truck or van to deliver the best fresh fish. It’s important that whatever vehicle you purchasecan keep its temperature level and steady for as long as it operates. Nothing halts efficiency like frequent stops to fix temperature fluctuations.


If you follow these steps, you can be sure that your fish will arrive at their destination fresh and safe. Explore the Emerald Transporation Solutions website today if you’re looking for custom delivery solutions for perishable items. We offer refrigerated vans and trucks for sale and exclusive customization options to perfectly fit your needs. Call us at 678-928-8619 for more information on our services and transportation solutions!

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