Science Advisory Group (SAG)

The Seafish Science Advisory Group (SAG) has been established to provide high-quality, independent scientific challenge and support. The SAG will help ensure Seafish has access to the best possible scientific evidence, and where relevant, increase engagement with the scientific community.

The objectives of the SAG is to help Seafish access, interpret and understand the full range of relevant scientific information, and to make judgements about its relevance, potential and application.  This could be achieved by providing independent advice on: 

  • The strategic direction of, and priorities for, Seafish science
  • The balance, relevance and adequacy of science activities supporting Seafish objectives
  • Broad strategic issues, priorities and policies from a science perspective
  • The design and effectiveness of procedures relating to science advice
  • Both pressing and emerging science issues facing Seafish
  • Scientific and technical developments in the field

How does the Science Advisory Group operate?

The Government Office for Science published Code of Practice for Scientific Advisory Committees in 2011 which provides authoritative guidance on the processes and practice of providing independent scientific advice to government departments.

The Code is intended to be a guidance framework rather than a set of instructions. It is equally applicable to any form of Scientific Advisory Committee or Council, regardless of breadth of remit or type of constitution - being as relevant to advisory Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPBs) such as Seafish.

The Seafish SAG meets 4 times a year alternating between Edinburgh and Grimsby.

Members receive £250 a day plus T&S and the chair receives £400 a day plus T&S.

Please refer to the full Terms of Reference for the Seafish Science Advisory Group.

Science Advisory Group Members