We can transport live fingerlings through the common simple method of Plastic bag
The most common size of plastic bags which can hold large quantity is 20 inches x 30 inches x .003 gauze double seine. Use standard sized “bilid-bilid” “bayong”, or pandan bags to support the plastic bags. Transport 400 pieces of fingerlings of size 22 for a duration of 24 hours for long distances and for short distances 800 to 1,000 pieces of the same size for not more than 6 hours.
Maintain the temperature at 25°C to 30°C while transporting. To reduce fish mortality and stress during the trip, place about 500 g of cracked ice between the two plastic bags. This technique increases survival rate of fingerlings.
Pointers in using plastic bags:
1.A set consists of one pandan bag and two plastic bags
2.Check the plastic bags carefully for holes, put one bag inside the other
3.Fill the plastic bag with eight liters of clean water
4. Water temperature in the holding “hapa” or tanks should be the same as that of the bag
load the fish in the bag. For small deliveries, count fish individually. For big deliveries, use the average weight or volumetric method
5.Use the recommended loading capacity to reduce mortality
6.Fill the bag with 1.5 L of medical oxygen immediately after it is filled with fish
7. Tie the oxygenated bag with rubber immediately to avoid oxygen leakage
8.Icing is advisable when transporting fish for more than six hours and if water temperature is 30 °C