- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 14, 2015

CHICOPEE, Massachusetts (AP) - A Massachusetts public school system is the first school district to sign on to a Maine science institute’s seafood certification system.

A spokesman for Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland, Maine, announced the partnership with the Chicopee district on Tuesday. The institute says the agreement means the district’s 7,800 students will be able to eat seafood that is responsibly harvested and traceable to the Gulf of Maine.

Chicopee sustainability coordinator Madison Walker says the move supports the region’s food economy. She says it will also help teach students about the fishing industry and marine ecosystems.

Supermarkets such as Shaw’s and Hannaford have been the primary vendors of GMRI certified seafood. The program launched in 2011. It is used to certify several popular food species, including haddock, pollock and scallops.

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