Corpus Christi Caller: Gulf Seafood Trace Effort Tracks Food from Boat to Plate

by / Louisiana Seafood News on January 7, 2013

By David Sikes, Corpus Christi Caller

Emeril’s Seafood is among the participants of Gulf Seafood Trace, which provides consumers with information on seafood from boat to plate. Participating fishing operations and processors are limited to Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. Photo: Contributed photo to Corpus Christi Caller

It’s called Gulf Seafood Trace, a fledgling program conceived and administered by the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission, a quasi-government group funded by Congress through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The group is charged with promoting and protecting Gulf fisheries.

The traceability program allows the Gulf seafood industry to electronically record and post information about seafood from boat to market or plate using an electronic technology called Trace Register. The $2 million program is offered at no cost until the end of 2014 and includes native seafood species produced by aquaculture, said Alex Miller, a staff economist with the commission.

The Gulf Trace program, which began in March, involves 49 seafood companies in Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Florida. Participation is free through 2014, when organizers hope enrollees will be willing to pay an administrative fee for the service.

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