05/25/2015 02:26 EDT | Updated 05/25/2016 05:59 EDT

Seafood-tracking phone app would be latest in booming world of food traceability technology

PORTLAND, Maine - A group of scientists and fishermen in Maine is working on a new tool they say will allow seafood consumers to learn the backstory of a piece of fish by scanning a code at the supermarket.

Gulf of Maine Research Institute and Maine Coast Fishermen's Association are co-operating to develop the tool, which they say will likely be a smartphone application. Scientists say the planned application will allow consumers to learn the name of the fisherman who caught their fish and where they caught it.

The tool is the latest in the fast-growing food traceability tech sector. Market research firm Visiongain says the world market for food traceability technologies will reach $11.15 billion in 2015. That is an increase of more than a half-billion dollars from the previous year.

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