The Seafood Network Information Center (SeafoodNIC) was launched in 1997 by Robert J. Price, Ph.D. and Pamela Tom, M.S. who worked for the seafood technology unit of the University of California Sea Grant Extension Program in cooperation with California Sea Grant College Program University of California, Davis Department of Food Science and Technology; and the UC Agriculture and Natural Resources. It was transferred to Christina A. Mireles DeWitt, Ph.D. in 2013 who works at the OSU Seafood Laboratory housed in the Seafood Research and Education Center in Astoria, OR. The OSU Seafood Laboratory, historically known as the Astoria Seafood Laboratory, is part of the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station (COMES-Astoria) which has locations in Newport and Astoria. COMES-Astoria is one of 11 Branch Experiment Stations with 14 locations across the state of Oregon supported by OSU's College of Agricultural Sciences.
One of the world's first seafood technology network information centers, SeafoodNIC,is a portal to Internet resources addressing seafood safety and quality information needs of seafood processors, inspectors, researchers, importers, and food educators.
In 1997, the US Food and Drug Administration’s seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulation was implemented. The scientifically based regulation impacts US processors and importers who are required by law to implement a seafood safety management program to ensure the marketing of safe seafood in the US.
SeafoodNIC is designed to assist the seafood industry and regulators implement seafood HACCP procedures.