Gooseneck Barnacles Information
When transporting goosenecks to the plant from their harvest site It is crucial that they
are kept in an environment that is as close to their natural home. This will help to reduce
mortality during transport and over all provide a better product for the end customer.
The ideal option for transport is contained in a 10lb basket with lid placed inside a running
live tank filled with chilled seawater. This will provide as close to their natural habitat as available
at this point. (Take note that fresh water and direct contact with ice will kill goosenecks)
Secondarily Goosenecks can be transported in Styrofoam containers or totes without a live
system as long as certain conditions are met. Gel packs placed along the bottom of the container
then covered by some sort of barrier (cloth or paper towel for example) to avoid direct
contact with the goosenecks will provide your base for transport. Once you have the gel packs
covered you lay down a plastic liner and put the goosenecks inside the liner. This will help to
catch any water that drains from the product in transport. At this point you can cover the
Goosenecks with a layer of fabric or towel soaked in seawater, close the liner over top of
them, and place gel packs over top.
Once the container is sealed you are ready for transport. Be sure to store the load in a location
that it is sure not to move around a lot, tip, or spill over.
When receiving goosenecks at the plant be sure to look over the product and make
sure that it has been transported properly. If the conditions described in the previous page
have not been met then the product needs to be checked to make sure it is in a condition that
requires further processing and not immediate disposal.
Healthy Goosenecks will be firm, hydrated, pink in color, and smell like the ocean
Unhealthy Goosenecks will feel rubbery, dehydrated, yellow in color, and have a foul odor
Once the product has been verified adequate it needs to be cleaned and graded.
Goosenecks can be broken down into three classes.
#1 - The highest grade product
* Almost completely uniform in size
* The stalk is firm to the touch.
* Good color, deep red or pink around the base
* About the diameter of your pinky or larger
* An inch or longer from tip to base
#2 - The middle grade product
* Will be wider at the top and narrow on the bottom
* Stalk is firm to the touch
* Various lengths and thicknesses
* Good colour, deep red or pink around the base
#3 - The lowest grade (unfit for shipping)
* Very thin or small
If the goosenecks are not being immediately shipped out, they will need to be processed
for holding. After being cleaned and weighed you can place the goosenecks into 10lb
baskets with lids and place them in the live tank.
Be sure to talk out the goosenecks daily and let them breath for 30- 60 minutes a day. Also
be sure to look through the baskets for any goosenecks that die during holding and remove
them immediately. Expired goosenecks will increase your mortality rate exponentially.
When checking on the goosenecks it is also good practice to make sure to inspect the live
tank for any leaks, defects or swings in temperature.
When receiving and holding goosenecks it is crucial that you are aware of the overall
health of the product. A healthy gooseneck will have many signs to help show you its thriving.
* Firm to the touch (give it a little squeeze between your index and forefinger)
* Vibrant pink or red coloring around the base
* No bleeding (goosenecks are filled with a pink liquid, if a goose neck is bleeding it will die)
* No cracks in the head/shell
* It is always good to carefully clean the gooseneck and remove anything that would rot or
contaminate its neighbors.
* Be sure to clean off any mussels or meat in shells the barnacle has attached itself to
* Rubbery or has all the liquid drained from it
* Yellow, dehydrated and leathery
* Cracked head
* White bottom
* Foul odour
1. Carefully clean and separate product
2. Weigh into protion
3. Lay the goosenecks flat in the bag
4. Arrange as to not puncture the bag
5. Lay on racks and put in freezer until frozen
6. Once frozen put them into a box to avoid frost build up
1. Carefully clean product
2. Place tub on scale and tare scale
3. Fill tub with goosenecks in 1lb portions
4. Fill with seawater just below the lid to allow for liquid
expansion during freezing
5. Press down on the lid and make sure it is sealed
6. Place on racks for freezing
7. Once frozen place into a box to avoid frost build up
1. get clean shipping container 2. place liner
3. place gel packs on liner 4. place down another liner
5. carefully place goosenecks into liner 5. cover with paper towel soaked in sea water
6. close first liner and place more gel packs
7. close second liner and band container
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