The Common Language Group
The Common Language Group (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.
CLG meetings and bite-size meetings
There are generally three meetings a year. The presentations and minutes from the most recent meetings are below. Presentations and minutes from previous meetings are available from Karen Green.
Due to Covid-19 we are running shorter online bite-size CLG meetings in 2020 and 2021.
The next meeting will be in mid July 2021. For further information, please contact: Karen Green
Previous two bite-size meetings
Credibility and the seafood supply chain (19 May 2021). Fisheries management has improved significantly over the past 30 years, and the whole seafood industry is working hard to limit its impact and improve transparency, but the seafood industry continues to make headlines for the wrong reasons. Seaspiracy, the Netflix documentary, questions the credibility and transparency of the sustainable seafood movement, and a recent Guardian article has put seafood fraud back in the spotlight once again. This meeting addressed misinformation as a key issue facing a responsible seafood supply chain. See the presentations:
- From fishery science to fake news: how misinformation about the ocean evolves. Ray Hilborn, Professor in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington.
- What Seaspiracy means for the sustainable seafood movement in general. David Parker, Marine Stewardship Council.
- Bad Press – Crisis or Opportunity? Clarus Chu and Helen McLachlan, WWF.
The challenges Brexit has created for the seafood industry (24 February 2021). The Fisheries Act 2020 received Royal Assent in November 2020, and the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) came into force on 31 December 2020. Both pieces of legislation are significant and have changed the way we fish and how we trade and work with the EU. This meeting explained the main changes, and the implications and challenges for fishing and the wider seafood supply chain. See the presentations:
- Overview of the TCA, negotiations and prospects for the next five years. Nigel Gooding, Deputy Director – EU Fisheries Policy and Negotiations, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
- Fishing and quota implications. Suzannah Walmsley, ABPmer
- Post Brexit trade and the UK Seafood Industry Alliance. Mike Short, Provision Trade Federation.
Terms of Reference and archive
We have archived presentations from previous CLG bite-size meetings. These are available from Karen Green.
Presentations from our face-to-face CLG meetings are available from Karen Green
Notes and minutes on the bite-size meetings can be found below.
CLG bite-size meeting notes
- CLG bite-size meeting notes. 19 May 2021
- CLG bite-size meeting notes. 24 February 2021
- CLG bite-size meeting notes. 9 December 2020
- CLG bite-size meeting notes. 8 October 2020
- CLG bite-size meeting notes. 26 August 2020
- CLG bite-size meeting notes. 16 July 2020
- CLG bite-size meeting notes. 19 May 2020
CLG monthly newsletters
For further information, please contact: Karen Green