Seafood Ethics Action Alliance

The Seafood Ethics Action Alliance (SEA Alliance) has been established by the seafood industry to provide a platform for collective engagement, to share information on emerging issues, agree best practice solutions, and provide a forum for collective pre-competitive action where it is not better fulfilled by an existing organisation.

The SEA Alliance will co-ordinate pre-competitive ethics work for the UK seafood industry and prioritise and address key ethical issues in shared supply chains, as identified within the Seafish Seafood Ethics Common Language Group (SECLG). It will do this via scheduled meetings, collaborative information sharing between members, and where necessary, the setting up and co-ordination of working groups to implement required actions.

Engagement will take into consideration the PAS 1550:2017 Code of Practice on Exercising due diligence in establishing the legal origin of seafood products and marine ingredients, and the BRC IUU Advisory Note (2015), together with meaningful implementation of ILO 188 and other appropriate instruments.

Whilst the group is industry led, Seafish provides the secretariat. Advocacy will be conducted by industry federations and associations using the existing infrastructure and experience of the Seafood Industry Alliance, the British Retail Consortium and the British Hospitality Association. It is intended that the group as a minimum will meet twice a year after the Seafish Seafood Ethics Common Language Group meetings, with additional webinars, tele-conferences and face-to-face meetings as required. The last meeting of the Seafish Seafood Ethics Common Language Group was on Wednesday 11 July 2018 in London. The next meeting will be on Wednesday 30 January 2019 in London. This will be followed by an SEA Alliance meeting.

The Terms of Reference for the group can be found here (July 2018).

A steering group has been formed to plan meeting agendas; to agree, prioritise, and coordinate actions discussed at the meetings; and subsequently review progress.

Participation in the alliance is open to any commercial market facing organisation based in the UK which source seafood nationally or internationally. Participation requires a commitment to positively engage in pre-competitive collaborative action, adhering to competition law and to maintain the confidentiality of discussions. If you are interested in engaging with the group please contact Karen Green.