The Seafood Ethics Common Language Group

A group which brings people together to find out more about ethical sourcing and issues concerning labour and worker welfare.

About the Seafood Ethics Common Language Group (SECLG)

The SECLG provides a safe meeting space to discuss the key ethical issues faced by the international seafood industry. The group looks at social welfare issues that affect the UK seafood supply chain, whether in the UK or seafood imported into the UK. This covers human trafficking, labour abuses, child labour, debt bondage, forced labour, migrant workers, and modern slavery. It is an opportunity to share new ideas or best practice case studies from around the world.

The group is led by our industry and we take responsibility for running the SECLG. The Group has met twice a year since 2014. The SECLG brings together seafood industry representatives from major supermarket chains, smaller retailers, processors, foodservice and the catching sector.  Other people who attend are not-for-profit voluntary groups, welfare charities, consumer groups, government and social research scientists.

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

Notes and presentations from previous meetings

See the presentations from SECLG bite-size – 8 July 2020. At-sea social criteria.
This bite-size meeting looked at 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 CLG bite-size – 27 May 2020.
This bite-size meeting looked at how the ILO Work in Fishing Convention (C188) has been adopted by the UK fishing industry and the issues created by COVID-19. See the presentations from this session: 

Further SECLG bite-size meetings are scheduled for 2 September 2020 and 12 November 2020. For further information, please contact Karen Green

Seafood Ethics Common Language Group meeting notes

Further information

For more information on this work and to download Seafish briefing papers, visit our Ethics in Seafood webpage 

Read the Seafood Ethics Common Language Group Terms of Reference (March 2019)

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Our social responsibility work

Social responsibility is a key work area for us. As well as running the SECLG we also support the seafood industry in a number of key areas to help eliminate unethical practices from UK seafood supply chains. To find out more read our Social Responsibility in Seafood briefing note 


For further information on the Seafood Ethics Common Language Group contact:

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