Shellfish Industry Advisory Group

The Shellfish Industry Advisory Group (SIAG) provides a forum to discuss sustainability and management of UK shellfish fisheries.

SIAG structure and species management groups

The SIAG is focused on contributing to national-level strategic management of the UK’s shellfish fisheries. It acts as a central overarching committee, with members from around the UK. This enables the group to maintain oversight on all matters related to the management of shellfish fisheries.

A number of species-specific sub-groups operate under the SIAG. They work on matters related to specific stocks and fisheries. To date, the following sub-groups have been established:

The SIAG works in parallel with the Scallop Industry Consultation Group, with shared membership and aligned objectives.

The role of the SIAG

The role of the SIAG is to:

  • Provide a cohesive forum to engage proactively on sustainable fisheries management issues common to all shellfish species (e.g. fisheries plans and effective governance).
  • Act as the point for the wider supply chain to engage with the catching sector on management issues.

SIAG membership and meetings

The SIAG is an industry-led group which brings together stakeholders from across the shellfish supply chain. Its membership includes representatives from:

  • government
  • research and universities
  • fishermen’s associations
  • producers organisations
  • active fishermen

The SIAG is chaired by Barrie Deas, Chief Executive of the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations. Seafish provides secretariat support for the group and undertakes work on specific actions arising through the SIAG work programme.

If you are interested in joining the SIAG or engaging with the Group on matters related to sustainable management of shellfish fisheries, get in touch with us by the details below.

Further information

Find out more about developments in UK inshore fisheries management:


If you have questions about the Shellfish Industry Advisory Group contact:

Lewis Tattersall
Marine Sustainability Manager
07970 154 238