It's always good to know where your food comes from, isn't it? If you buy locally, you can usually tell what farm your veggies came from, where the chickens were raises, where the bread was made. But for foods that aren't local, it's a little more problematic.
If you go to a restaurant, you often don't know where they got the food they're serving you. An exception is if you buy a lobster that was caught in Canada.
These were caught in Maine.
There's a new program among Canadian lobstermen that allows consumers to track the lobster they buy back to the fisherman who caught it. The lobsters get their claws banded like usual, but these bands have plastic tags on it with a number specific to that lobsterman. When you buy the critter, you can plug the number in on www.thisfish.info and find out about the fisherman, where it was caught and any other information that the fisherman wants to make available. You can even contact them if you want.
From the look of the website, it's just a pilot program right now. But it looks like you can track your salmon, halibut and rockfish as well as lobster. I don't know if it's really a necessity, but it's kind of cool, don't you think? You can find out more by reading the article from Canada.com.