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Our Live Fish packing process

Increase in aquaculture has made shipping of live fish a very important activity in the fish industry. The success of shipping however depends on the methods of packing and careful handling.  Exporters take care of a number of factors to ensure that only quality fish is shipped to customers.

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First off is ensuring that only quality water is used. Secondly, they also have to ensure that temperatures are controlled when transporting the fish and last but not least, exporters make sure that pure oxygen supply is available for the fish as this is the most sensitive factor for their survival. Ornamental fish caught for shipping also need to be handled and packed by skilled people who understand their needs.

Before shipping, the fish that have been caught are kept in clean water, separate tanks. The marine biologist checks on the fish constantly to make sure they are comfortable and healthy. We do not feed the fish a day before they are scheduled for shipping. This helps to reduce their metabolism and oxygen intake as well as avoid contamination of water with metabolic waste during transportation.

Once all these conditions are met, then comes the packing. Ornamental aquarium fish are packed in a polythene bag filled to 1/3 of its volume. The polythene bags are filled with three parts oxygen to one-part water. After filling with water and fish the upper part of the plastic bag is compressed to drive out the air and then inflated with pure oxygen. The top of the bag is then bent and tied with two or three rubber bands and then placed in Styrofoam boxes standardized specifically for fish.

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Styrofoam is mainly used for insulation to keep the temperatures controlled during shipping. Ornamental fish exporters either use Styrofoam boxes or line their cardboard box with Styrofoam panels – Kenya Marine Center uses the panels for packing. The Styrofoam boxes or panels are then placed inside another outer container – cardboard box to protect the shipment from damage.

One major challenge that Kenya Marine Center faces is access to the Styrofoam boxes. Kenyan manufacturers are reluctant to produce Styrofoam boxes due to low demand. This makes the production of Styrofoam boxes in Kenya to be very expensive. Importing them on the other hand would also result to increase in shipping costs.                                     

At Kenya Marine Center, we have been able to overcome this challenge of control of temperature by using heat and cold packs. These packs help control the temperature of the fish during shipping in case there is a layover at an airport as well as during harsh weather conditions thereby helping prevent them from climatic impact. Our heat packs are normally imported outside the country so as to ensure that we only offer quality for our customers. Aside from the heat packs, at Kenya Marine center, we can provide double insulation upon the customers’ request.

Kenya Marine center is committed to providing quality products and service and we are also open to more suggestions on how we can better serve our customers in terms of packaging.

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Sharing Kenya’s Nature with the Rest of the World

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Kenya Marine Center (KMC) is passionate about fish and for a decade, it has steadily and progressively worked to position itself as one of the largest suppliers of tropical marine fish and inverts from East Africa. From its base in Kikambala, 20 km north of Mombasa Airport, Kenya Marine Center through partnerships has spread the beauty of Kenya marine life across the world

 

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The fish and inverts from Kenya Marine Center can be found in aquariums across the globe.  The company currently delivers fish across five continents. Working with wholesalers, trans-shippers and big retailers of tropical marine fish and inverts. Achieving a presence in the major cities across the globe has been made possible by the correct partnership with major players like Lufthansa. This ensures that the fish reach customers in good health.

 

Committed to Quality

To ensure that the quality of fish is always of high standards, the company has experienced fishermen and has a great health management system for the livestock within the system.  As a member of Ornamental Fish International, the company follows international best practices in fish and inverts handling and packaging. KMC is strongly committed to the code of ethics by OFI.

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Conscious of the Environment

There are still other places in the word where chemical fishing still takes place despite being illegal in many countries. Apart from side effects on human beings, cyanide which is commonly used kills coral reefs and other life forms that rely on them.

Kenya Marine Center is a strong advocate of safe fishing methods, hand, and net fishing. The company does not only keep this as policy but has also  produced education content on the best fishing practices and shared on various platforms.

 

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Jochen Federschmied the founder and CEO of Kenya Marine Center  notes that the success of the company has been pegged on the continued training of the permanent employed fishermen in the use of unique traditional fishing of using long and scoop nets as the baseline for the company’s success.

“We began with sustainability even before this word came in fashion” Jochen says.

 

 

 

Kenya Marine Center is committed to quality and if you ever wondered where your next shipment is going to come from. Look no further, contact one of the largest suppliers of tropical marine fish and you will be happy that you did.

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QUALITY PAYS BACK

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QUALITY PAYS BACK

Being able to manage quality at KMC has helped us to maintain customer satisfaction and loyalty and reduce the risk and cost of replacing faulty goods. Companies can build a reputation for quality by gaining accreditation with a recognized quality standard, such as Ornamental Fish International for Standardization.

It has helped us to meet our customer expectations, who expect us to deliver quality products. Failure to which, they will quickly look for alternatives. But we have managed to retain their loyalty for now and future. Quality products make an important contribution to long-term revenue and profitability. They also enable you to charge and maintain pricing.

Also, quality has influenced the reputation of Kenya marine center over a long period of time. The growing importance of social media means that customers and prospects can easily share both favorable opinions and criticism of your product quality on forums, product review sites and social networking sites, such as Facebook (Kenya marine center) and Twitter (@kenya marine). Being aware of this, KMC is represented on almost all social platforms where the public is free to give their views on us.

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Being a member of Ornamental Fish International has been essential for us, when it comes to dealing with certain customers or complying with legislation. Most customers insist that their suppliers achieve accreditation with quality standards for continued loyalty. Accreditation has help KMC to win new customers and enter new markets.

Lastly, we have saved costs and time by offering quality to our customers. If you do not have an effective quality control system in place, you may incur the cost of analyzing nonconforming goods, the root causes and repackaging products after reworking them. In some cases, you may have to scrap defective products and incur additional production costs to replace them. If defective products reach customers, you will have to pay for returns and replacements and, in serious cases; you could incur legal costs for failure to comply with customer or industry standards.

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5 key reasons why some fishes are rare for trade

As a trader in the export of live marine fish and invertebrates I often meet clients with outrageous demands for rare fishes.

I owe it to my clients to provide them with their choice of fish but I also owe them an explanation why I consider some demands beyond limits.

  1. Complex to keep

The business of ornamental fish goes well beyond beauty and attraction. It includes some in depth knowledge of the fish to keep, how to keep and the tank mates to keep it with. Some pose more challenges than others while others are a stroll in the park. To this point a few fish are considered to be rare in terms of demand as few people can undertake the challenge of keeping them.

  1. Re population

Most aquarium fish can only re populate in the wild. There are some which take longer than others and therefore difficult to find. This makes them rare only during a particular time. Re population is affected by the nature of fish and different weather patterns. The faster a fish re populates the easier it becomes to deliver it. We try to advice all our clients on this.

Forcipiger-EvansiExtensively, during the months of June and July the coastal regions of Kenya experience some cold weather and rains. Certain species like the Mirolabrichthys evansi and the Forcipiger flavissimus take advantage of the cloudy waters to hide and repopulate. During these months they can’t be found with ease but when the waters are calm and clear (From October onwards), they will be littered everywhere.

 

 

 

  1. Seasonal

This is closely related to repopulation however it stands as a point in itself. Some fish are quite migratory. They can only be found in our waters in different seasons of the year. This kind of rare fish are only to be acquired when available before they disappear again. A good trader will know this vital information and will prepare his customers for the availability of the fish before they migrate to re populate again.

  1. Hybrids

Hybrids command such a handsome price in the industry. The off springs are rare because they come from a cross breed of two different species. One such crossbreed is between the Zebrasoma gemmatum and the Zebrasoma scopas. However the love child between the two species fails to live to its glorious reputation. This is majorly because both species don dark colorations in nature.

It is sad that despite the hybrids affluence and rarity, it is considered meager and dull compared to a pedigree Zebrasoma gemmatum.

  1. Trader Awareness

It takes a lot of discipline and maturity to run a full time ornamental fish export company. The knowledge of how to care for each species demands while in the facility requires patience.

A Practical case in point

An experienced dealer will acknowledge that wrasses are by far the most delicate species that easily succumb to stress than most saltwater fish.

The following are facts about healthy keeping of wrasses

There are 3 types of Wrasses;

 

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  1. Totally Reef safe- Those that do not feed on corals or invertebrates
  2. Reef safe- They do not feed on corals but may pose risks to some invertebrates
  • Not reef safe

 

 

 

 

 

                                  Special Requirements for Wrasses

  • System transition- wrasses are particularly vulnerable during a system transition. The handling between when they are transported from the ocean to the export facility should be fast and smooth. They should be acclimatized progressively to avoid temperature related stress.
  • Aggression- must be kept with peaceful tank mates. Basically non-aggressive fish.
  • Feeding- You need to feed them several times a day. Wrasses are quite active and energetic.
  • Tank set up- All wrasses are jumpers. Wrasses in general hide in sand and small rock substrates. – Instinctively they are not used to the surface and if tanks are not covered they might leap out of the tank.

Note: Generally it is advisable for traders to include sand in holding tanks for wrasses (to eliminate stress) but most traders disregard this, arguing that sand makes it impossible to observe the fish health condition thereby compromising the fish quality.

For more variety of fish kindly check our website and blog

www.kenyamarinecenter.com/blog/

www.kenyamarinecenter.com/request-stocklist

Quality is our commitment.