The Common Language Group

The Common Language Group (CLG) develops understanding on a range of important issues affecting the seafood supply chain.

It discusses key issues such as fishing methods, seafood traceability, IUU fishing, mixed fisheries management, seafood 'scoring' schemes and discarding, and takes the opportunity to share new ideas or case studies from around the world.

The aim of the CLG is to use factual information to reach a minimum baseline understanding of the principles underpinning a responsible seafood supply chain. This helps to ensure all stakeholders have a broad knowledge of the issues.

The Group, which has gathered every four months since 2007, brings together representatives from the retail, processing, food service and restaurant sectors; as well as NGOs, consumer groups, governments, scientists and producer organisations.

It is closely involved in reviewing the Seafish Responsible Sourcing Guides, after being a prime mover in initiating their production. These have now been incorporated into the Risk Assessment for Sourcing Seafood (RASS).

The CLG terms of reference can be found here. Minutes of CLG meetings can be found below.

There are generally three meetings a year. The presentations and minutes from these meetings are below. The last meeting was on Wednesday 27 June 2018 in London. The presentations are below and the minutes will follow in due course. The next meeting is on Wednesday 7 November 2018. To register for this meeting E: Karen Green.

See also information on the Seafish CLG Brexit special on Friday 7 October 2016.

For further information or to be added to the CLG mailing list to receive our monthly news update and details on the meetings please contact Karen Green.


Common Language Group Minutes:

20 March 2018
16 November 2017
22 June 2017
2 March 2017
10 November 2016
29 June 2016
22 March 2016
11 November 2015
29 June 2015
10 March 2015
5 November 2014
9 July 2014
27 February 2014
6 November 2013
22 July 2013
3 July 2013
February 2013
November 2012
July 2012
March 2012
October 2011
July 2011
March 2011
October 2010
July 2010
February 2010

CLG monthly news alerts

May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
December 2017/January 2018
October/November 2017
September 2017
August 2017
June/July 2017
April/May 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017 

Presentations from 27 June 2018 meeting:

Seafish Corporate Plan 2018-2021. Debbie Cook, Seafish
Oritain Scientific Traceability. Stewart Whitehead, Oritain
Stable Isotopes. Clive Truman, University of Southampton
DNA Traceability Tools. Marine Cusa, University of Salford
Project UK Fishery Improvements. Chloe North, MSC
Microplastics - Defra. James Brown, Defra
Microplastics - Cefas. Andy Smith, Cefas
Microplastics - British Plastics Federation. Angela Fredericks, BPF
Global Ghost Gear Initiative. Peter Kemple Hardy, World Animal Protection
Ghost Gear and the Supply Chain. David Parker, Blue Ventures
Sustainable Seafood Coalition Update. Oliver Tanqueray, ClientEarth

Presentations from 20 March 2018 meeting:

Sole of Discretion. Caroline Bennett
The Amity. Jimmy Buchan
Blue Marine Foundation. Adam Rees
Metro traceability tools. Britta Gallus
Seafood Alliance for Legality and Traceability (SALT). Jenny Barker, FishWise
Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST). Nathan Droesch, WWF DE
Brexit and the Fisheries Bill. Government views. Jo Anderson, Defra
Brexit and the Fisheries Bill. Seafood Industry Alliance view. Mike Short, SIA
Brexit and the Fisheries Bill. Scottish Seafood Association. Jimmy Buchan, SSA
Brexit and the Fisheries Bill. NGO view. Helen McLachlan, World Wildlife Fund
Brexit and the Fisheries Bill. NFFO view. Dale Rodmell, National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations

Presentations from 16 November 2017 meeting:

Seafood 2040 framework. Alison Austen
Fish stock status overview. Carl O'Brien, Cefas
Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Ocean Disclosure (ODP) project. Tania Woodcock, SFP
View of a signatory to the ODP. Chris Brown, Asda Kristin Sherwood, FishChoice
Benchmarking sustainable practices. Mike Park, Scottish White Fish Producers Association
Project UK fishery improvements. Chloe North, Marine Stewardship Council
Certification and defining the Unit of Assessment: International Pole and Line Foundation
Port State Measures Agreement. Courtney Farthing, Pew Trusts
The Role of the Private Sector in a Culture of Compliance. Brad Soule, OceanMind

Presentations from 22 June 2017 meeting:

New paradigms in aquaculture disease. Grant Stentiford, Cefas
Fisheries and aquaculture climate science. John Pinnegar, Cefas
Trawling best practice. Mike Kaiser, Bangor University
The use of social media in seafood. Zoe Healey, Inventiv Health
Consumer data and the science of shopping. Chris Hayward, Kantar Worldpanel
The consumers' lived experience. Mary McCarthy, Cork University Business School FishChoice

Presentations from 2 March 2017 meeting:

Product integrity: provenance and authenticity - Fair Seas
Regulatory IUU framework in the UK - Defra
Controlling Illegal fishing in Europe - NGO Coalition
The Landing Obligation and MSC fisheries - FishFix
Retailer perspective on IUU - Tesco
Evidence-based risk assessments - MRAG
Technological solutions to IUU - Pew Trusts
Natural stable isotope tracers to detect IUU - University of Southampton
Industry collaboration to address tuna fraud - Seafish
SNAPTrace - University of Salford

Key publications:

Responsible Sourcing Information