The Common Language Group

A group to bring together people who want to know more about the environmental, legal and production issues facing the UK seafood supply chain.

About the Common Language Group (CLG)

The CLG provides a safe meeting space to discuss the key issues facing a responsible seafood supply chain. The topics covered include fisheries management, legal fishing, fishing methods and how to trace and track seafood along the supply chain. It also covers how seafood is bought and eaten in and out of the home. It is an opportunity to share new ideas or case studies from around the world.

The group is led by our industry and we take responsibility for running the CLG. The Group has met three times a year since 2007. The CLG brings together people who represent the retail, processing, food service and restaurant industry. Other people who attend are not-for-profit voluntary groups, consumer groups, governments, scientists and producer organisations.

There are generally three meetings a year. Due to Covid-19 we are running shorter online bite-size CLG meetings in 2020.

Next CLG bite-size meeting

Date: Thursday 16 July 2020.

Time: 2.00pm - 3.30pm. BST

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: 

  • Matt Whittles, Head of Marine and Fisheries Trade Team, 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. 

Further CLG bite-size meetings are scheduled for 26 August, 8 October and 9 December 2020. 

Presentations and notes from previous meetings

See the presentations from CLG bite-size - 19 May 2020. The Power of Collaboration. 
This looked at how working together, support and shared learning, is driving improvements in sustainability and traceability in seafood supply chains. See the presentations from this session.

Common Language Group meeting notes


For further information on the Common Language Group contact:

Karen Green
Industry Issues and Communications
01480 431 500
07515 993 499