Cathrine Schirmer manages Pew’s ending overfishing initiative in Brussels, focusing on the waters of Northwestern Europe. She also supports a team of consultants across key member states of the European Union. In her role, Schirmer develops targeted campaign and advocacy strategies that inform policies and help persuade decision-makers to end overfishing and implement policies that achieve healthy oceans.
Before joining Pew, Schirmer was the biodiversity policy coordinator for the Irish Environmental Network. Prior to that, she served as a trainee at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, working on including biodiversity principles in European fisheries legislation. Earlier, she helped promote implementation of the Water Framework Directive in the European Union while with World Wide Fund for Nature’s European Policy Office in Brussels.
Schirmer holds a bachelor’s degree in geography and environmental studies and a master’s in environment, development, and policy, both from the University of Sussex in England.