Water treatment for prolonged live seafood transportation and holding

Prof. Ori Lahav | Civil and Environmental Engineering


Food and Agriculture | Sustainability and Energy


Seafood such as lobsters, oysters, clams, and the like are premium products all over the world. Potential revenue from selling live premium seafood is significantly higher than the revenue obtained from frozen or chilled fresh products. Nevertheless, most premium seafood is not sold alive because of the technological barriers preventing long distance live shipment. With current technologies, most live-species commerce is inefficiently done in a delivery range of 24-hours from the port of origin. The time from “catch to plate” is limited. Only a small fraction is being shipped longer (1-10 days). A 10-day shipment (including loading and unloading) range does not constitute inter-continental transport. The novel technology include composite material with a very high affinity to NH4 + . The material can remove ammonium from the water regardless of the sodium concentration or temperature and thus serves as a “removal sink” for toxic ammonia in seafood transportation.


  • Shipment Cost Reduction – At least Double the load of current transports
  • New markets – Opens Cross Continent Export / Import of live seafood
  • Increase (by at least 50%) the longevity of live seafood
    Improve food quality


  • Short and long distance seafood transports
  • Seawater treatment system in holding facilities
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Shikma Litmanovitz
Director of Business Development, Physical Science