Filipino Agriculture Secretary, Luis Lorenzo, announced recently that a Filipino aquaculturist had developed a technology which enables live fish to be transported, alive, for several hours, without water. This would allow fish traders to bring in more fish and earn more profit.
Lorenzo said the technique, officially introduced on June 8, extends a fish’s survival without water by virtually putting it into a deep sleep or in “suspended animation” using certain procedures and some liquid solutions, and later allowing it to recover from unconsciousness and get back to life.
Lorenzo, citing a report from Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources director Malcolm Sarmiento Jr., said the new technology is a better alternative to conventional practices of putting fish in containers with water, a cumbersome and costly method.
“Let in be known in the fishing world that the Philippines has now developed a technology for waterless transport of live fish, a method that will revolutionize the way we normally handle fish after harvest,” he said.
In recent test to determine if the technique works, groupers (lapu lapu) delivered to the BFAR central office laboratory in Quezon City from Iloilo using the “waterless technology”. The fish were observed to regain consciousness after eight hours of travel, with the temperature in the storage box at 25 degrees C, Sarmiento said.
Groupers, Epinephelus spp ~ source: SEAFDEC/AQD – Technotips
Popularly known as “lapu-lapu” in some Philippine dialects are important marine fishes belonging to the Family Serranidae. Thick-set or stout bodies, slightly elongate with brown spots or blotches, characterize them. They also have very large mouths and normally protruding lower jaw. It is, however, difficult to differentiate one species from another due to the fish’s ability to change colors.