Ocean Perfect aiming to revolutionize live shellfish transport

A photo of trays being loaded into a barrel at Ocean Perfect's facility.

Ocean Perfect wants to change the way the seafood industry transports live shellfish.

Transporting live marine animals has always been tricky. Handling the animals adds stress, while disease can quickly build up in cramped containers. The stressful, potentially dangerous environment means companies are forced to ship live animals as fast as possible to avoid high mortality rates.

“The mortality rate that we have in shipping crustaceans is quite high, quite expensive, so that was really the impetus behind putting this together,” Ocean Perfect CEO Andrew Lively told SeafoodSource.

Based in St., New Brunswick, Canada, Ocean Perfect claims its new BlueVita Technology can transport live marine animals with less stress and less mortality.

“This is a technology to transport live aquatic animals,” Lively said, showing off the technology at the company’s St. Andrews location. “Today it’s being used to transport king crab … for about a three-day journey. [It will] hold the animals live from northern Norway to Oslo and then on to Europe.”

The solution is deceptively simple.

Crabs, lobster, oysters, or some other species of shellfish are ... 

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