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.

There are generally three meetings a year. The presentations and minutes from these meetings are below. We have archived presentations from previous meetings and the minutes prior to 2013 but these are available from Karen Green.

CLG Bite-size meetings

Following the cancellation of the face-to-face meetings on 26 March and 16 July we are developing a series of shorter online Bite-size CLG sessions. 

The Power of Collaboration. Held on 19 May 2020.
This explored how working together, advocacy and shared learning, is driving improvements in sustainability and traceability in seafood supply chains. See the presentations from this session.


Next meeting

Date and time: Thursday 16 July 2020. 2.00pm - 3.30pm. BST
Group: CLG Online
Theme: Brexit, COVID-19 and the seafood landscape in the UK.
With the UK seafood industry currently facing a number of significant challenges joined-up thinking and communication across all industry sectors is crucial. This Common Language Group Bite-size meeting provides an opportunity to hear more about current and future fisheries policy, as well as the trade implications of what has happened/is likely to happen over the next few months. Our three speakers are: 

  • Colin Faulkner, Deputy Director, External Fisheries Negotiations & Trade Policy, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
  • Elspeth Macdonald, Chief Executive Officer, Scottish Fishermen’s Federation.
  • Andrew Kuyk, Director General, Provision Trade Federation/UK Seafood Industry Alliance. 

Register today for the event

Further CLG Bite-size meetings will be scheduled for the rest of the year.

Common Language Group Minutes +

CLG monthly news alerts +

Presentations from 19 November 2019 meeting +

Presentations from 10 July 2019 meeting +

Presentations from 20 March 2019 meeting +

Presentations from 7 November 2018 meeting: +

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