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.
We are running a mix of in person meetings and shorter online bite-size CLG sessions at the moment.
The next meeting will be an online bite-size session in November 2022. For further information please contact: Karen Green
Previous two meetings
CLG in person meeting. Current challenges and future opportunities for seafood (13 September 2022). The Russian invasion of Ukraine has had significant implications for the UK seafood supply chain. This meeting looked at the challenges facing the industry as a result of the ongoing impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the introduction of tariffs; as well as focussing on the challenge of increasing inflation, and the specific issues facing the finfish and shellfish sectors. The afternoon session looked at future opportunities for the UK catching sector, covering Government priorities and how funding is supporting innovative approaches to increase efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. See the presentations:
- UK whitefish trade analysis. Joe Cooper, Seafish.
- How the cost of living crisis is affecting UK seafood consumption. Iain Lowrie, Sofina Foods.
- Fishing Innovation Scotland (FIS) pilot digitalisation project re Rockall haddock and Nephrops. Frank Fleming, Verifact,
- FIS Vessels of the future project to address barriers to fuel efficiency and support Net Zero. Kara Brydson, FIS.
- UK Seafood Fund. Abby Johns and Jessica Saunders, Defra.
- Marine Stewardship Council Sustainable Seafood Week. Giles Bones and Loren Hiller, MSC.
Global and UK IUU landscape (7 June 2022). This meeting provided a review of Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fishing and its impacts at global, regional and national (UK) levels, and looked at the development of UK national IUU measures and what the UK is doing to tackle fisheries crime and IUU fishing. See the presentations:
- Illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing impacts: A systematic review of evidence and proposed future agenda. Andrew Temple, MRAG.
- Current UK IUU policy. Jake Kingsley, Senior Policy Advisor IUU, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)/Jacob Flaherty, Marine Management Organisation.
- Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship (SeaBOS) approach to addressing IUU fishing and forced labour. Robert Blasiak, SeaBOS Task Force.
CLG bite-size meeting notes
Notes and minutes from recent CLG bite-size meetings can be viewed by following the links below.
- Global and UK IUU landscape. 7 June 2022
- Changing dynamics of seafood supply chains. 12 April 2022
- Retailers' marine climate change commitment. 15 February 2022
- Fish stock status on the Northeast Atlantic. 16 November 2021
- Add locally caught fish to your staycation menu. 13 July 2021
- Credibility and the seafood supply chain. 19 May 2021
- The challenges Brexit has created for the seafood industry. 24 February 2021
- Fish stock status in the North East Atlantic. 9 December 2020
- The ‘new normal’ for seafood supply chains. 8 October 2020
- Traceability solutions for the seafood industry. 26 August 2020
- Brexit, COVID-19 and the seafood landscape in the UK. 16 July 2020
- The power of collaboration. 19 May 2020
CLG monthly newsletters
We send monthly emails with a round up of stories, research and projects in the seafood industry. Subscribe to receive our monthly update and meeting details.
You can view previous email updates by following the links below.
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
For further information, please contact: Karen Green