Purpose of the Seafood Ethics Common Language Group
We facilitate and provide the secretariat for the international group which includes retailers, foodservice, processors, environmental non-governmental organisations, development organisations and charities, and the catching sector.
The aim of the group is to establish a common understanding of ethical issues within the seafood industry, communicate measures taken to address them, and agree a clear agenda for future action.
SECLG meetings are held twice a year. The minutes and presentations from these meetings are below. We have archived presentations and minutes from previous meetings but these are available from Karen Green.
SECLG Bite-size meetings
ILO 188 compliance: best practice. Held on 27 May 2020.
This Seafood Ethics Common Language Group Bite-size meeting explored the adoption of the ILO Work in Fishing Convention (C188) by the UK fishing industry and the vulnerabilities created by COVID-19. See the presentations from this session:
- The Maritime and Coastguard Agency Marine Guidance and Information Notes.
- The Scottish White Fish Fishermen’s Association new recruitment agency initiative.
At-sea social criteria. Held on 8 July 2020.
This bite-size meeting discussed new initiatives and standards to ensure all commercial fishers have minimum standards and decent conditions of work on board fishing vessels, as well as an effective means to voice any concerns. See the presentations from this session:
- GSA RFVS Transition Program. Mike Platt, RS Standards/Global Seafood Assurances.
- FisheryProgress draft social policy for Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs). Kristin Sherwood, Fish Choice.
- GSA Fishery Worker Voice Project. Melanie Siggs, Global Seafood Assurances.
Next SECLG Bite-size meeting
Further SECLG Bite-size meetings are scheduled for 2 September 2020 and 12 November 2020. For further information, please contact Karen Green
Social responsibility is a key work area for Seafish. As well as faciliating the SECLG, at Seafish we’re also working separately on a number of key areas to address this issue including: Outreach activities, the Risk Assessment for Sourcing Seafood (RASS) and the Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS). Our fact sheet provides a summary of this work.