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Latest in Food-Track Tech: Swipe a Code, Meet Your Fisherman

May 25, 2015

Associated Press: After eyeing a piece of haddock on the supermarket counter, a customer scans a code and finds out the fish was caught in the waters of Georges Bank and learns the name of the fishing boat — and maybe even sees a picture of the smiling, rain-slickened fisherman who reeled it in. Welcome to the future of buying New England seafood.

Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland is developing the tool, which was recently awarded a $175,000 federal government grant, in cooperation with Maine Coast. Final release is about two years away and will likely take the form of a smartphone app, said Jen Levin, the institute's sustainable seafood program manager.

The project involves bringing together data about the different pieces of the supply chain — including catch, landing, auction, processing and delivery — and allows the buyer to see all the way back to the fisherman, Levin said.