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Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability launches new website

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Launched at the Boston Seafood Expo, the new GDST website aims to drive seafood industry engagement with the organisation’s traceability standard.

The new GDST website was launched at the Boston Seafood Expo in March, 2024

The Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST) recently unveiled its new website to support the global adoption of the GDST Standard throughout fishery and aquaculture supply chains.

Launching the website at its Regional Working Session during Boston Seafood Expo, the GDST engaged with hundreds of experts to highlight the importance of transferable digital traceability platforms. Following the launch, the GDST team gears up to host its annual Plenary Session at the Barcelona Seafood Expo.

A strategic move from the non-profit organisation, the website launch aims to bolster global engagement and facilitate dialogue between the seafood industry, traceability experts, civil society and technology providers. By strategically networking at major events including the Barcelona Seafood Expo, the World Tuna Trade Conference and Exhibition in Bangkok, and Blue Food Innovation Summit in London, the GDST hopes to expand the reach of its global Standard to facilitate greater data capture and sharing across the seafood industry.

The seafood supply chain, from ocean to plate, is a long and complex process, and as seafood becomes an increasingly important food commodity globally, the industry is rightly facing more scrutiny in regards to the traceability of its products. As regulators, buyers and consumers increasingly act as a driving force for change, whilst the industry is under pressure to ensure the ‘origin story’ of its products is captured and shared transparently.

“The launch of the new website signifies an additional milestone achieved towards the GDST Foundation’s value proposition as a focal point at the center of crucial global traceability discussions," said Greg Brown, executive director of the GDST, in a press release.

“[The website] serves as a convenient entry point for information about the global dialogue and the GDST tests, tools, resources and services that facilitate traceability implementation,” he added.

As the GDST continues to support the transition towards increased seafood traceability through strategic events around the world, it invites businesses and organisations of all sizes to join its partner community.

“GDST Partners who participate in the global dialogue play a crucial role by driving progress towards interoperable digital traceability. Only through them will global adoption of the common Standard be possible. Their commitment to seafood traceability not only enhances their operational efficiency but facilitates regulatory compliance and reinforces consumer trust in the seafood they buy and eat," commented Brown.

“As seafood supply chains adopt interoperable digital traceability, enormous progress can be achieved in promoting more ethical and responsible seafood production. This will provide clearer social and environmental assurances to the marketplace, making it easier for consumers to make informed choices,” he concluded.

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