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The use of ice on board smaller fishing vessels is increasing. One reason for this is the decrease in near-shore fish resources that is forcing fishermen to make longer fishing trips and to conserve the catch on board during the trip. Another reason is the increasing demand for good quality fresh fish and the globalization of the markets for these products with increased quality control.

This publication describes the requirements for the use of ice (and chilled seawater) on board fishing vessels, from small insulated containers in dugout canoes, to refrigerated tanks on bigger vessels. It also gives an overview of the different types of ice plants and the ice produced in them.

The publication is aimed both at fishermen who want to have more information about the different techniques used, and at boat owners and economic agents who want to invest in the use of ice to preserve the catches.

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