The Seafood Ethics Common Language Group

The Seafood Ethics Common Language Group (SECLG), set up by Seafish, is a collective response to growing concerns regarding unethical practices within the global seafood market.
Purpose of the Seafood Ethics Common Language Group 

We facilitate and provide the secretariat for the international group which includes retailers, foodservice, processors, environmental non-governmental organisations, development organisations and charities, and the catching sector.

The aim of the group is to establish a common understanding of ethical issues within the seafood industry, communicate measures taken to address them, and agree a clear agenda for future action.

SECLG meetings are held twice a year. The minutes and presentations from these meetings are below. We have archived presentations and minutes from previous meetings but these are available from Karen Green.

SECLG Bite-size meetings

Following the cancellation of the face-to-face meeting on Wednesday 8 July 2020 we are developing a series of shorter online SECLG sessions over the summer. 


Date and time: Wednesday 27 May 2020. 2.00pm - 3.30pm. BST
Group: Seafood Ethics Common Language Group 
Theme: ILO 188 compliance: best practice. This Seafood Ethics Common Language Group Bite-size online meeting will explore the adoption of the ILO Work in Fishing Convention (C188) by the UK fishing industry and the vulnerabilities created by COVID-19. Our speakers are:

  • Julie Carlton, Seafarer Safety and Health Manager, Maritime & Coastguard Agency. Julie will focus on the MCA Marine Guidance and Information Notes specifically the newly published Voluntary Code of Practice for the Employment of Non-EEA Fishing Crew. 
  • Mike Park, Scottish White Fish Producers Association. Mike will look at best practice for the SWFPA vessel owners and crew and look ahead to a new recruitment agency initiative. 
  • David Dickens, Chief Executive, The Fishermen’s Mission. David will provide feedback on the Fishermen's Mission response and the issues they are dealing with.

Register for the Seafood Ethics Common Language Group event 


Date and time: Wednesday 8 July 2020. 2.00pm - 3.30pm. BST
Group: Seafood Ethics Common Language Group
Theme: At-sea social criteria
Registration details to follow.

Social responsibility

Social responsibility is a key work area for Seafish. As well as faciliating the SECLG, at Seafish we’re also working separately on a number of key areas to address this issue including: Outreach activities, the Risk Assessment for Sourcing Seafood (RASS) and the Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS). Our fact sheet provides a summary of this work.


Presentations from 28 January 2020 Seafood Ethics CLG meeting +

Presentations from 3 July 2019 Seafood Ethics CLG meeting +

Presentations from 30 January 2019 meeting +

Presentations from 11 July 2018 meeting +

Presentations from 24 January 2018 meeting +

Seafood Ethics CLG minutes +

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