Uta Bellion directs Pew's European marine work, which aims to strengthen the role of the European Union in stopping global overfishing and destruction of the world's oceans. The program includes campaigns to end illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing; reduce bycatch and discards; and advocate for science-based catch limits to end overfishing and ensure speedy recovery of depleted fish stocks.
Before joining Pew, Bellion worked for Greenpeace International, where she led a number of environmental campaigns. She also served on Greenpeace International’s board of directors and as chairman of that organization for several years. In addition, Bellion has worked as the policy and campaigns director for Friends of the Earth, England, Wales and Northern Ireland and ran a nongovernmental organization consulting firm.
Bellion holds a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Aachen in Germany.
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To inform proposals for multiannual fishing plans, the European Commission asked the International Councilfor the Exploration of the Sea to develop ranges “around” the upper fishing limit specified in the reformedCommon Fisheries Policy (CFP). As a result, these ranges include fishing limits that are higher than thoseset in the CFP. Comparing the ranges against the scientific advice on 2016... Read More
In 2013, European Union fisheries ministers agreed to an ambitious reform of the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), a historic decision that included a binding commitment to end overfishing and restore fish stocks—the simple policy requirements for a healthy marine environment, profitable fisheries, and viable coastal communities. Read More
The European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee approved a multi-annual plan (MAP) for the Baltic Sea on March 31 that could prove a significant step toward ending overfishing in EU waters. Read More