Andrew Clayton directs The Pew Charitable Trusts’ project to end overfishing in North-Western Europe using science-based policy development and advocacy. Clayton joined Pew in 2014 to lead Pew's efforts in the United Kingdom to end overfishing. In doing so, he represented Pew in the regional bodies set up under the European Union’s Common Fisheries Policy to restore EU fish stocks.
Before joining Pew, Clayton gained extensive experience in fisheries management working in the UK Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs. During his 17 years in government, he held a variety of positions dealing with EU environmental, fisheries, and agricultural policy, in which he was responsible for developing UK policy, advising ministers, and working with a wide range of nongovernmental and industry organizations.
Clayton holds a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from the University of Wales in Aberystwyth.
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Management of fisheries in the European Union has improved over the past 15 years, but the fishing limits set by EU fisheries ministers too often exceed the levels advised by scientists. That prevents Europeans from realising many of the benefits of sustainable, productive fish stocks and fisheries. Read More
Negotiations over the North Sea plan are likely to feature the same pleas for “flexibility” that we see from fisheries ministers as they set annual fishing limits in the Council. Now is the time then for the European Parliament, the European Commission, and all of us watching to guide them back to the commitments they made to end overfishing when reforming the CFP. Read More
In its just released “Communication on Fishing Opportunities,” the European Commission finds that many fishing limits still exceed the ceilings required by the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) to allow stocks to recover and that fisheries ministers seem to be slowing progress. Read More