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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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
On April 16, the European Parliament effectively concluded the EU Common Fisheries Policy reform with the adoption of the final piece of legislation, the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, or EMFF. Read More
"The Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) reform is an excellent opportunity for the EU to establish new policies that will end overfishing, including the wasteful practice of discarding. Such policies should prevent unwanted fish from being caught in the first place and require everything to be landed in port, except for those species with a high chance of survival, such as threatened sharks and rays. Read More