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Industry partnership aims to advance seafood traceability

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Aiming to support the widespread adoption of electronic traceability practices within the seafood industry, the Global Dialogue for Seafood Traceability has forged a new partnership with FishWise.

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The industry partnership aims to support the adoption of a seafood traceability standard

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FishWise - a seafood consultancy organisation - and the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST) - the industry standard for digitally interoperable traceability in seafood - have forged a partnership to promote the widespread adoption of traceability best practices in seafood supply chains.

The newly announced partnership aims to promote the implementation of interoperable, digitised traceability systems and the adoption of the GDST standard across public and private sectors. This collaboration could empower regulators and governments to support more standardised, transparent, and responsible seafood supply chains.

“Standardising data formats in both the public and private sector, and making electronic information sharing more seamless between traceability systems is crucial, not only for meeting companies’ responsible seafood programs, but also for regulatory compliance and better governance,” said Sara Lewis, programmes director at FishWise, in a press release.

The GDST standard was created by civil society and industry, but voted into practice solely by industry stakeholders, and is now considered by some to be the industry standard for seafood traceability. The GDST Foundation works to expand the adoption of the standard and evolve it through a multi-stakeholder dialogue process. FishWise, for its part, focusses on implementing traceability best practices by verifying data, assessing risks, and developing due diligence programmes with seafood businesses, governments, and NGOs worldwide.

“Our new partnership with FishWise will allow us to make advances in the adoption and evolution of the Standard,” said GDST executive director Greg Brown.

“FishWise’s deep involvement with its partners plus its collaborative and consultative approach with multiple stakeholders coupled with the GDST’s Standard and technical resources will bring traceability into many conversations and assist the industry and regulators in meaningfully adopting digital interoperable traceability in seafood,” he added.

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