GDST News

Seafood Industry Traceability Pilot Confirms That Standards Are Key to Supply Chain Interoperability

June 22, 2021 – A recent seafood industry traceability pilot study has confirmed that standards are essential to helping trading partners seamlessly exchange supply chain data across technology platforms, improving end-to-end visibility. The study was conducted by GS1 US in collaboration with the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST), the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), Beaver Street Fisheries, Bumble Bee Seafoods, Chicken of the Sea, FoodLogiQ, IBM Food Trust, Insite Solutions/Norpac, ripe.io, SAP, Walmart, and Wholechain.

One Year Strong - A message to the seafood industry from the companies of the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST) Steering Committee

April 14, 2021 - The eleven companies and producer associations that serve on the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST) Steering Committee are proud to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the release of the GDST 1.0 Standards & Guidelines for Interoperable Seafood Traceability Systems in a public statement addressed to the seafood industry.

GDST Leads Solution Provider Exercise for Implementing Interoperable Seafood Traceability

March 16, 2021 -  The Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST) hosted an innovative interoperability implementation exercise to demonstrate solution providers’ workflows and choreographies to communicate traceability data. As a large and diverse business-to-business forum in the seafood sector, GDST aims to ensure the responsible and legal origin of seafood products by creating access to verifiable information through digital, interoperable traceability. Five leading traceability solution providers collaborated on the exercise, which leveraged the GDST 1.0 standards released in March 2020 to bring the industry together around common data requirements and data-sharing formats. The exercise showed how the standards, which utilize and extend GS1’s Global Traceability Standard 2.0, unite diverse seafood traceability systems and facilitate end-to-end traceability through global supply chains.

Statement on Traceability and Port State Measures

February 16, 2021 - Today, the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST), and four other leading industry and multi-stakeholder platforms in the seafood sector, joined together to issue a joint statement calling for global action to fight illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Taken together, the five platforms represent over 150 companies, making this one of the largest seafood industry calls for action on record. Importantly, the five groups call for widespread adoption of the GDST standards as a top priority for eliminating IUU products from seafood markets.

“Nowhere to land, nowhere to sell” Seafood sector giants focus action on closing ports and supply chains to illegal fishing

February 16, 2021 - Today, five of the most influential industry and multi-stakeholder platforms in the seafood sector have released a joint statement calling for action to combat the scourge of illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing. In their “Statement on Traceability and Port State Measures,” the groups call for a combination of private sector and government actions to help transform the transparency and accountability of seafood supply chains and block landings of IUU catch. The five groups releasing the statement are Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship (SeaBOS), the Global Tuna Alliance (GTA), the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST), and the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) Taken together, these platforms include over 150 companies from across the seafood value chain, making this one of the largest seafood industry calls for action on record.

Culinary Collaborations LLC Makes Groundbreaking Commitment to New Traceability Standards

February 9, 2021 - Culinary Collaborations LLC (CCL)—one of North America’s top sushi wholesalers—today became the first company to make a public time-bound commitment to implement the new GDST 1.0 standards. These standards, launched by the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST) last March, are the first global standards for tracking seafood products from point of origin to point of sale.

Five Questions With Iberostar - Part Two

September 28, 2020 - In part two of this two-part blog series, we asked Iberostar about their plans for promoting seafood transparency and traceability within their supply chains, and the resources they offer both internally and externally for supply chain partners looking to make a change.

Five Questions With Iberostar - Part One

September 17, 2020 - The Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability’s (GDST) Frankie Terzoli recently met with members of Iberostar to get the inside scoop on their plans for improving seafood traceability in their hotel supply chains, and how being a GDST member and adopting GDST 1.0 will benefit their traceability work.

Sea Pact and GDST Announce Joint Work Program — Ten Companies Add Momentum to GDST Uptake

September 8, 2020 - Ten leading seafood companies from North America--who together form the Sea Pact platform--have now added their names to the growing list of major stakeholders to endorse GDST 1.0, the groundbreaking new seafood traceability standards last March. In a joint statement released today, Sea Pact and GDST commit to collaborate on a work program in support of efficient, verifiable, and interoperable seafood traceability through the implementation of the GDST standards. Sea Pact’s endorsement is an important sign of the momentum continuing to build towards GDST adoption across the entire seafood sector.

UK Seafood Industry Alliance Endorses Leading Global Traceability Standards

August 30, 2020 - The UK Seafood Industry Alliance (UK SIA) has joined the group of major stakeholders to endorse the groundbreaking new traceability standards released by The Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST) in March 2020. These standards, officially known as GDST 1.0, will enable interoperability and significantly increased verifiability for all seafood traceability systems by designing specifications to allow for seamless data sharing and defining the key data elements that should accompany seafood products as they move through supply chains.

GDST Meets With the Seafood Industry Leadership Group (SILG)

July 30, 2020 - The GDST met with the Seafood Industry Leadership Group (SILG) to discuss GDST 1.0 and explore how the GDST and Seafood 2040 can collaborate in support of strong seafood traceability.

GDST 1.0 Launches!

March 16, 2020 - The Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST)—a major industry forum involving more than five dozen companies worldwide from across the seafood supply chain—released the first-ever global standards for tracking seafood products from point of origin to point of sale. These standards are a critical step forward in the fight against illegal fishing and unethical labour practices and are changing the game for an industry under increasing pressure to demonstrate its compliance with high standards for ethical sourcing.

An Open Letter from the GDST Steering Committee

January 22, 2020 - the GDST’s Steering Committee came together to promote the groundbreaking GDST 1.0 standards in an official open letter release. The intent was to call on all businesses and stakeholders with an investment in seafood to support the standards that GDST members helped solidify over the last few years. The letter was shared with trade press and other stakeholders, and additional promotion is encouraged in preparation for the official GDST 1.0 launch in March. The GDST has also shared this letter through new social media channels; Twitter (@TheGDST) and LinkedIn (The Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability).

11 industry leaders form new GDST Steering Committee

October 2, 2019 -  The GDST is pleased to announce the formation of a strong new Steering Committee featuring eleven leading GDST member companies and associations.  The formation of this Steering Committee represents a significant step towards securing the future and long-term impact of the GDST standards slated for adoption in the first quarter of 2020.

GDST Traceability Hackathons in Cologne and Bali

July 9, 2019 - The GDST is hosting a second round of Seafood Traceability Hackathons (Trackathons) in 2019! Using a collaborative problem-solving approach, we are looking for talents who will help produce open-source solutions to challenges the seafood industry currently faces. Join us in Cologne (October 21-22) or Bali (October 26-27) to develop solutions that can be applied in the real world.  Learn what the seafood industry has created in terms of interoperable seafood traceability and network with industry leaders.

GDST and SeaBOS join forces

March 17, 2019 - Boston, MA.
The Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship (SeaBOS) and the GDST are joining forces in support of seafood traceability. The two leading seafood industry groups—which together include seven of the world’s ten largest seafood production companies with combined seafood sales of well over USD $35 billion per year—are now pledging to work jointly towards the adoption of global industry standards that will improve the quality, efficiency, and affordability of seafood traceability.

Crowdsourcing Solutions for Interoperable Seafood Traceability

February 12, 2019 - Bangkok, Thailand.
Building a global network of interoperable traceability systems will not be accomplished by the seafood industry alone. While it is the processers, traders and buyers who have well-defined needs and must lead the way, the technical talents to transform ideas into market-ready, affordable solutions often sit outside the seafood sector. Read more about how the GDST leveraged technical talents at its recent Hackathon in Bangkok.

A Leap Forward for Traceability

March 18, 2019 - Boston, MA.
At the 2019 Seafood Expo North America in Boston, Massachusetts this March, member companies of the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability discussed their efforts to align on the basic elements for a framework on interoperable seafood traceability. Representatives from Thai Union/Chicken of the Sea, Anova Foods USA, Bumble Bee Foods and Albion Farms and Fisheries explained the importance of establishing industry standards for traceability and agreeing on a common language to allow systems to communicate among each other.