Happy salmon season! From net to plate:

from net to plate

Salmon lovers; rejoice! It’s that time again! Salmon catch made news earlier this year regarding the drought-like conditions on the west coast. In early spring, officials trucked young salmon from their inland spawning grounds to the ocean in an effort to eliminate low-catch numbers in the future. However, these fish trucked to the ocean in 2014 will spend a few more years swimming until they are mature enough to harvest. This year’s catch consists of the salmon who made their journey in 2011; a wet year in history.

Copper River salmon landed in Seattle about a week ago and the season kicked off with the delivery and distribution of nearly 18,000 pounds of salmon. According to the Associated Press, “The Alaska Department of Fish and Game estimates the harvest at 1.6 million Copper River sockeyes, 22,000 kings and 280,000 pinks.”

With a great outlook on this year’s catch, we thought this may be the perfect time for some tips on how to get these delicious fish from a fisherman’s net to the salmon lover’s plate.

Salmon, like all fish and seafood, ships well frozen or fresh. If shipped frozen, dry ice is the recommended coolant to ensure the product remains frozen. Frozen gel packs could also be used to keep the product frozen, but we recommend this only for limited transit.

When shipping fresh salmon, it is important to keep in mind only frozen gel packs should be used during transit. Using this type of coolant, it’s important to control any moisture or condensation that could (and will most likely) form on the outer packaging or gel packs. Condensation forms when cooler mass is exposed to warmer mass. For this reason, we recommend wrapping the salmon (or any type of fish product) in a vacuum packed bag. This will both protect the product from the condensation, but will also help the product remain fresh upon delivery to its recipient.

There are many other variables that should be taken into account when packing and shipping all types of perishable food. Things such as box size, thickness of the outer box walls, different ways to absorb possible leaks, or even properly preconditioning your coolant all take an effect on how successful your shipment is when it arrives to its destination. For more information and to receive a FREE copy of PeriShip’s Packaging and Cooling Tips, sign up!

Interested in testing out the packing strategy you already have? PeriShip would be happy to set up a series of test shipments and provide you with an extensive report displaying the success of your packaging during transit. These reports come complete with a temperature test, product test, drop test and any recommendations from the dimensions of your box to ways you can further market and brand your product through packaging.

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