By David Sikes, 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.