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Old 11-29-2016, 04:15 PM
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Default Best way to ship frozen fish to my Dad in NC?

Just caught a bunch of nice sea bass and cod together here in NY when he visited last week. I want to surprise him with the filets.

They are vac sealed and frozen.

Best container?

Do I need to use dry ice?

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wetlock fish box

no dry ice etc necessary

I do this all the time in vast quantity.

The fish boxes come in different sizes - choose one that fits the fish as tightly as possible.

The frozen vac packs are like bricks with sharp edges, the more they move around the more will lose the seal (bags bust).

If they stay frozen you won't even know they busted. When thawed the will lose vacuum at that point.

Oh and they make foam liners for the wetlock boxes - you don't need them but if it makes the fish fit more tightly in the box it might help. You can also add old sweatshirts etc to fill the space.

YOU DO NOT WANT THE FROZEN FISH BAGS LOOSE IN THE BOX.

Hope I didn't forget anything.



Oh and FEDEX - only mailed out on Mon, Tues, or Wed.
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Old 11-29-2016, 04:45 PM
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Originally Posted by rbhankins001 View Post
wetlock fish box

no dry ice etc necessary

I do this all the time in vast quantity.

The fish boxes come in different sizes - choose one that fits the fish as tightly as possible.

The frozen vac packs are like bricks with sharp edges, the more they move around the more will lose the seal (bags bust).

If they stay frozen you won't even know they busted. When thawed the will lose vacuum at that point.

Oh and they make foam liners for the wetlock boxes - you don't need them but if it makes the fish fit more tightly in the box it might help. You can also add old sweatshirts etc to fill the space.

YOU DO NOT WANT THE FROZEN FISH BAGS LOOSE IN THE BOX.

Hope I didn't forget anything.



Oh and FEDEX - only mailed out on Mon, Tues, or Wed.
I'll defer to the guy with halibuts and Alaska in his signoff and have successfully shipped fish home from Alaska his way too.

That said i like dry ice. It is cheap and easy. I have shipped delicious south carolina shrimp to friends and family all over the country using a styrofoam cooler wrapped in packing tape filled with quart jugs of frozen shrimp and a couple pounds of dry ice.

Biggest thing like rbhankins says is keep it tight. Think of a yeti cooler how much colder it stays when it's jammed full. Newspaper, towels, rags, whatever.
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I like dry ice too but it is problematic/complicated in air shipping due to what happens when dry ice sublimates in a non-vented container (it goes BOOM).

And it's just not necessary in reality.
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Quickly. VERY quickly!!
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Old 11-29-2016, 04:56 PM
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I've never seen a wetlock fish box so I'll defer to the professional. Dry ice in thick Styrofoam may be cheaper though.
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I think the biggest thing whic has rbhankins touched on and I did as well is air. You don't want air. Yuo want "ice" even if its in the form of frozen fish.

Some of the packing houses in Alaska will deep freeze filets, vac seal, and fill a (thin) styrofoam cooler that fits snug into a cardboard box and then ship It as is. No ice. I've seen this with my own eyes and been on the receiving end of it as well. The key (according to these guys) is getting fish down relaly cold really quick, and not having any movement ( remember movement generating heat in chemistry class?) inside your package.
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We use Omaha steak type Styrofoam boxes. I vac the fillets and freeze them in the box I'm sending them in with lid off. Right before I ship I cover with latex foam pieces to fill the air gap, tape and ship. They get to NC from Florida just a frozen as they left.
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Originally Posted by Double tyme View Post
I'll defer to the guy with halibuts and Alaska in his signoff and have successfully shipped fish home from Alaska his way too.

That said i like dry ice. It is cheap and easy. I have shipped delicious south carolina shrimp to friends and family all over the country using a styrofoam cooler wrapped in packing tape filled with quart jugs of frozen shrimp and a couple pounds of dry ice.

Biggest thing like rbhankins says is keep it tight. Think of a yeti cooler how much colder it stays when it's jammed full. Newspaper, towels, rags, whatever.


There ya' go teasin' Me with those S.C. Shrimp again!!!
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Old 11-30-2016, 06:21 AM
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Dry ice is preferable when shipping cross country or if several days will elapse in transit. Oftentimes, it is cheaper to pay for dry ice and 2-3 day vs using ice and paying for next day.

Recently got spiny lobster and stone crab claws from Keys Fisheries (Marathon, FL) to VA for a birthday present - they ship w/ styrofoam cooler and several ice packs and dead air filled w/ styrofoam peanuts. They were fine. S&H were $85

We use dry ice when shipping lab samples at work.

Here are USPS regulations (Fedex are similar but also require a UN 1845 label). The big key is that the package must not be sealed so as to prevent the release of carbon dioxide as the dry ice sublimates from solid to gas. Youtube dry ice bomb (
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349.233 Dry Ice Mailability

Dry ice is permitted to be mailed when it is used as a refrigerant to cool the content of a mailable hazardous or nonhazardous material. Packages containing dry ice must be packed in containers that permit the release of carbon dioxide gas and conform to 49 CFR 173.217 and 175.10(a)(10). Mailpieces containing dry ice are subject to the following conditions, as applicable:
  1. International Mail. Dry ice is prohibited.
  2. Domestic Mail via Air Transportation. Dry ice is permitted in quantities of up to 5 pounds per mailpiece. Mailpieces containing dry ice are subject to the conditions for Packaging Instruction 9A in Appendix C, as applicable.
  3. Domestic Mail via Surface Transportation. A mailpiece sent via surface transportation may contain more than 5 pounds of dry ice. Mailpiece preparation is subject to the conditions for Packaging Instruction 9A in Appendix C.Note: A mailpiece that is prepared for surface transportation must not, under any circumstances, be routed via air transportation.
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There ya' go teasin' Me with those S.C. Shrimp again!!!
You and me both. I'd love to get some fresh shrimp up here right now.
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Ship them to me and I'll make sure he gets them.
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We ship Food around the world.

My suggestion is to pack it with Dry Ice.

If you are sending him more then 1 meal you want it to stay in a frozen state.
It defrosts for whatever reason, may have waste if he can't eat it all unless he refreezes?.

Some place sell Dry Ice pellets and some sell sliced block.

I would even suggest throwing some gel pacs in there.
We do this on smaller type shipments just in case of a delay, Dry Ice will keep gel pacs frozen,
when the dry ice sublimates, you still have some protection if delayed.
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