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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Fisheries ministers in the European Union are still too often taking risks when setting fishing limits—with stocks, with the science, and with the law—as demonstrated by the outcome of the October Council meeting. Two more critical Council decisions on annual limits will be made before the end of 2016, so what is at stake? Read More
Fisheries ministers from the 28 European Union (EU) Member States meet 10 and 11 October to decide on 2017 fishing limits for the Baltic Sea, the first tranche for next year to be considered by the Council. More than ever, this will be a test of whether ministers are ready to implement the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and make progress to end overfishing. Read More