Ending Overfishing in Northwestern Europe

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Andrew Clayton

Project Director

Andrew Clayton directs The Pew Charitable Trusts’ project to end overfishing in North-Western Europe using science-based policy development and advocacy.

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Markus Knigge

Senior Adviser

Markus Knigge advises the team on all fisheries policy issues, and oversees the project's research.

Before joining Pew, Knigge was a marine program officer for WWF’s European policy office in Brussels and a senior fellow for the Ecologic Institute in Berlin and Brussels.

Knigge holds masters' degrees in international affairs from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and in urban and regional planning from the Technische Universität Berlin.

Cathrine Schirmer


Cathrine Schirmer leads Pew’s engagement with the European Commission, European Parliament and the Council. Before joining Pew, Schirmer was the biodiversity policy coordinator for the Irish Environmental Network. Prior to that, she served as a trainee at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, working on including biodiversity principles in European fisheries legislation. Earlier, she helped promote implementation of the Water Framework Directive in the European Union while with WWF’s European Policy Office in Brussels. Schirmer holds a master’s degree in Environment, Development and Policy from the University of Sussex in England.

Vera Coelho


Vera Coelho coordinates Pew’s work in the European Union’s Advisory Councils, the regional stakeholder-led groups that discuss fisheries management issues. She also conducts policy analysis on fisheries issues such as fishing opportunities, multi-annual plans and implementation of the landing obligation. Before joining Pew, Coelho managed Wetlands International’s European programme based in the Netherlands and worked for Seas At Risk as assistant director in Brussels. Coelho holds a master’s degree in European Studies from the University of Siena in Italy.

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