We won (a grant)! In a stroke of great luck and a testament to the awesome team at Oyster Tracker, we have been awarded a grant from National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
This federal grant is to prove the technical and commercial feasibility of an easy to use, and inexpensive system to track shellfish from farm to table to improve food safety and meet the growing demand from consumers to know more about the sources of their food.
As one of the reviewers noted:
The commercial benefit of the proposed technology is abundantly clear. The current system is antiquated and accompanied by high costs associated with utilizing it. With the growth of the shellfish industry and the increasingly educated consumer base the technology offered by this project should be in high demand.
Over the next 6 months, Shellfish Solutions will work with companies in Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Virginia to beta test a new solution that utilizes mobile phones, thermal printers, and cloud computing. The ultimate goal is to build a system that
- Saves farms and distributors money/time
- Makes it easier for all market participants to comply with federal and state regulations
- Builds a traceability chain from the tideline to the table for all shellfish.
This work build on the success of Oyster Tracker’s current products: Farm Manager and Tagging Systems. If you are interested in learning more, please reach out.