All Gulf of Mexico seafood businesses that participate in the voluntary Gulf Seafood Trace program must subscribe to the following requirements:
1. Participants acknowledge that the Gulf Seafood Trace program is to be implemented and used by licensed first receivers and processors of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico seafood industry, that their Gulf seafood business is located within the five states of the Gulf, and that the seafood they handle must originate from open waters and/or associated coastal areas of the five states of the Gulf to be considered part of the program. This includes the marine culture of species native to the Gulf.
2. Participants acknowledge that first receivers of Gulf seafood must utilize the State Electronic Trip Ticket Traceability Interface for approved data entry into the Trace Register™ Electronic Traceability Platform. Businesses that are not first receivers of Gulf seafood must request that their purveyors send electronic Trip Ticket data upon delivering seafood to their businesses.
a) Exceptions include marine aquacultured species, as state Trip Ticket reporting systems do not currently exist.
b) For all states except Alabama, harvester information will be automatically encrypted when sent by first receivers. Harvesters may choose to give consent for their information to be sent unencrypted. For Alabama, harvesters must give consent before first receivers can send encrypted or unencrypted information.
4. Participants acknowledge that the use of the standard Trace Register™ Electronic Traceability Platform, and updates, will be complimentary through 2014. (Not to exceed 1,200 subscriptions.)
5. Participants acknowledge that the use of the Trace Register™ Marketing Module, and updates, will be complimentary through 2014. (Not to exceed 53 subscriptions.) The Marketing Module is intended for consumer-ready packaging and food service.
6. Participants acknowledge that participation in the Gulf Seafood Trace program requires a PC, laptop, or tablet computer with a minimum of a 1Ghz processor, 1GB RAM of memory, an up-to-date version of either the Firefox or Internet Explorer browser, and an internet connection. (A DSL or broadband internet connection is recommended.)
7. Participants acknowledge that computer hardware (computers, printers, etc.) and software that is not defined as complimentary through these commitments are not included as a part of the Gulf Seafood Trace program.
8. Participants acknowledge that, to the fullest extent possible, data entered into the State Electronic Trip Ticket Interface and the Trace Register™ Electronic Traceability Platform will be of the highest quality and accuracy.
9. Participants acknowledge that the information and data associated with the Gulf Seafood Trace program will be subjected to the utmost data security and confidentiality requirements.
10. Participants acknowledge that approved information that is entered and
shared by their business via the State Electronic Trip Ticket Interface and the Trace Register™ Electronic Traceability Platform may undergo data quality and confirmation measures.
11. Participants acknowledge that their complimentary use of the Gulf Seafood Trace program will be terminated if it is determined that information has been intentionally falsified, the components of this program are used inappropriately, or the commitments of this program are violated.
12. All participants can opt out of the Gulf Seafood Trace program at any time at their discretion.
13. All participants must acknowledge the aforementioned commitments through their physical or electronic signatures.