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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Back in 2013, officials from each European Union member state and the EU’s institutions rightly celebrated the reform of the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). After decades of management failings, the EU had finally agreed to end overfishing and created a legally binding, time-bound commitment to achieve that objective. This was great news, only slightly dampened by the message from... Read More
Although the European political landscape is undergoing historic change, one of the region's most solvable problems—overfishing—is proving persistent. Read More
The management of fish stocks around the U.K. was a hot topic of the Brexit debate, even leading to pre-referendum skirmishes on the Thames. Now that the U.K. government has given formal notification to leave the European Union and begun to plan for life outside it, politicians, the public, and all those involved in fishing have intensified their attention on how Brexit will affect fisheries... Read More