1969Bureau of Fisheries Gloucester Technological Laboratory began pioneering a study of fish irradiation to extend the shelf life of fish.Economy and Industry, Maritime & Fishing Industry, Technology

Among the lab’s varied studies, innovative fish processing and packaging techniques with irradiation were investigated to ensure safer, higher-quality preservation of fresh and frozen fish. Although irradiation was studied worldwide, the Gloucester laboratory set the standards for making the process commercially viable.

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