The GDST is both a movement and a mechanism for transforming the sustainability of global seafood supply through digital traceability.

For decades, socially and environmentally aware consumers have been a driving force for change. But what was once a niche market is now the mainstream, with consumers shaping expectations on everything from brand values to supply chains. The pandemic fuelled this shift, seeking authentic and transparent social responsibility from retailers.

The GDST enables you to provide your customers with the full picture of seafood traceability, so you can tell the compelling story consumers want to know.

It also helps retailers achieve strategic sourcing goals, compliance goals, ESG goals (environmental, social and governance), as well as aligning with legislation. Crucially the GDST allows you to get traceability information on a pull basis, whenever you need it, rather than tediously pushing for the insights you need each time you require data.



The GDST is a non-profit foundation dedicated to creating and sharing a common language for traceability in the seafood supply chain, using data that is both reliable and affordable.

To achieve this, we work to harness the collective power – and practical insights – of businesses, associations and other stakeholders who share our goal, through partnerships, and a global Dialogue process.


To empower the supply chain to ensure seafood supply worldwide is ethical, responsible, safe and sustainable,

by capturing and sharing key information at every point from catch or farm to sale.


To achieve this, we have brought together industry and civil stakeholders to develop our global Standard, which businesses can adopt and implement as the common language for digital, interoperable traceability.

We manage a global Dialogue process that brings together industry and civil society stakeholders to evolve the Standard to ensure its relevance in an ever-changing market. We develop guidance and software that supports all stakeholder’s needs for software’s interoperability, and traceability data’s completeness and veracity.

There are different ways to get involved with the GDST’s mission. Find out more about GDST Dialogues and the different tiers of partnership here.

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We are proud to be a partner driven non-profit foundation, building a global community for seafood traceability implementation. Becoming a Partner means making a public commitment for a common standard for interoperable digital traceability, and developing capability within your operations in alignment with the GDST standard.

View the public commitments from all of our Partners here.

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Seafood is one of the most highly traded commodities in the world, and seafood supply chains can be incredibly long and complex, covering multiple businesses and countries.

The many stages between seafood being caught or farmed and it arriving on the shelf in a supermarket as a product, or on a restaurant table, means the ‘origin story’ of that seafood, which consumers are increasingly demanding, can easily be lost. The remedy to this is sharing information transparently, capturing and sharing key data at every event from catch, or farm, to sale.

The key to global digital traceability in seafood supply is a common data language and an interoperable approach

This means ensuring that data, whether captured by hardware, generated by software or gathered and entered by people at one point in the supply chain can be used, shared and understood at all points of that chain; reliably and affordably, by businesses of all sizes.

When seafood supply chains employ interoperable digital traceability they are taking a critical step toward enabling the necessary tools to identify unsafe and/or unsustainable practices. When a whole supply chain utilizes these tools, risk assessments and corrective actions evolve more efficiently, and may result in safer and more environmentally and socially sustainable products coming to market.


The GDST Global Standard has been developed through collaborative, multi-stakeholder engagement – our Dialogue Regional Working Sessions. . The Dialogues are regional workshops, convened across the world, that bring together insights from industry, NGOs, and other standard-setting bodies. Through discussion and consensus-based decision-making, the Dialogues help to shape the evolution of the GDST Standard – a set of rules and guidance for implementing digital traceability in seafood supply.

This process ensures that the GDST Standard has been built by real voices and experiences. As more insight is contributed, the Standard continues to evolve.

We provide free information and resources to explain and help implement the Standard, and discounts to lower the cost of tests, tools, consulting and services that facilitate businesses to work towards digital traceability in their supply chains.

We are also proud to be partnered with a wide array of organizations aligned with GDST’s mission. These fee-paying GDST Partners receive substantial discounts toward tests, tools and bespoke consulting support services. These Partners make public, time-bound commitments to advancing interoperable digital traceability. Our partnership model provides both the means and the momentum for the GDST mission: providing the support and investment needed to continue our Dialogues and ensure the Standard remains current, and fit-for-purpose.

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