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Welcome to The GDST Seafood Trackathon wiki!

Hackathon Location

Rangsit 1 at the Centara Grand Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok Hotel (Bangkok, Thailand)

Directions: After entering the lobby, take a left and continue past the ballroom until you reach a staircase. Take the staircase down a level. Rangsit 1 is on the left, just past the reception area.

Canned Tuna Scenario 1950's: Chicken of the Sea Process

Tuna Fishing Technology Today

Chicken Of The Sea Traceability Web Site

Metro ProTrace

The global seafood industry is seeking electronic, whole chain, interoperable traceability solutions to reduce or eliminate Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing. IUU fishing generally refers to fishing conducted in violation of national laws or internationally agreed conservation and management measures in effect in oceans around the world.

IUU fishing can include fishing without a license or quota for certain species, unauthorized transshipments to cargo vessels, failing to report catches or making false reports, keeping undersized fish or fish that are otherwise protected by regulations, fishing in closed areas or during closed seasons, and using prohibited fishing gear.

The objective of seafood traceability systems is to keep illegally sourced fish out of legal supply chains and prevent them from reaching the market. To achieve this, legally sourced fish must be identified and quantified at the beginning of the supply chain, and the "laundering" of illegally caught fish into any stage of legal supply chains must be prevented.

The best way to exclude IUU seafood from legal supply chains is through interoperable electronic traceability systems that span the entire supply chain from harvest to landing to processing and trade. These systems should enable step-by-step traceability and make it possible to monitor the "mass balance" of each and every harvest and landing.

The components of a whole chain, interoperable seafood traceability system include:

  • Globally Unique Identifiers for seafood and containers (URLs, GS1 GTIN + Lot, GS1 GTIN + Serial Number, etc.)
  • Standardized Data Carriers (Barcoded Labels, RFID, IoT Devices, etc.)
  • Readers that work with Data Carriers and enable data collection and sharing (IOS and Android based devices)
  • Uniform Key Data Elements and Critical Tracking Events that describe traceability data (examples provided)
  • Master Data to enable semantic interoperability (EPCIS Master Data, GDSN, FAO Code Lists, etc.)
  • Standard File Formats to enable syntactic interoperability (EPCIS XML)
  • Traceability data sharing technologies to connect business systems (EPCIS Query, EDI, Blockchain, FTP, Email, API, etc.)


Link to Challenge Statements


  1. About the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability

  2. Challenge Statements

  3. Presentations on GDST, Key Data Elements, and Other Background

  4. CTEs and KDEs

  5. Global Food Traceability Center Resources

  6. Help Videos

  7. Sample Files (PW Required)

  8. Tools

  9. Documentation for Commercial Systems that Use EPCIS

  10. Regs, Standards, Guidance

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