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.

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.

Next meeting

Wednesday 24 February 2021. 2pm to 3.30pm. Topic and speakers to be confirmed. For further information contact Karen Green 

Previous bite-size meetings

Fish stock status in the North East Atlantic (9 December 2020). The meeting looked at the latest advice from the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES) on the key commercial species for the UK supply chain, and provided an update on two initiatives helping to support the sector. See the presentations:

The ‘new normal’ for seafood supply chains (8 October 2020). This meeting focussed on what the ‘new normal’ for seafood could look like both in the UK and for international seafood supply chains, and how our understanding of labour market patterns in the seafood industry can help improve training and future career planning. See the presentations:

Traceability solutions for the seafood industry (26 August 2020). This meeting focussed on complementary traceability and technological solutions that could support standardised systems. See the presentations:

Terms of Reference and archive


For further information, please contact: Karen Green