This report assesses the environmental and social impacts of the Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance (FIFG), running from 2000 to 2006, using a range of quantitative and qualitative information. EU allocations for FIFG totalled €3.2 billion, of which Spain received nearly half. Member State contributions brought the total allocation of FIFG funding to €4.9 billion.

A key objective of structural policy in the fisheries sector was to bring the fishing capacity of the European fleet into line with available biological resources. We identify that FIFG funding has not achieved the intended net fishing capacity reduction and, in some fleet segments, has led to fleet capacity increases. This has contributed to the worsening status of some stocks and has hindered the recovery of other stocks, as well as having had associated negative impacts on marine environment.

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Uta Bellion joined Pew in 2006 as director of the European Marine Programme, which aims to strengthen the role of the European Union in stopping global overfishing and destruction of the world's oceans. The programme includes initiatives to end illegal, unreported, and unregulated, or IUU, fishing; to end overfishing and reduce subsidies that ultimately damage the marine environment; and to develop science-based catch limits for all targeted fish species and timely plans for the recovery of depleted species. With the European Union's reform of its Common Fisheries Policy, Pew's European Marine Programme is now working on its effective implementation, focusing on Northwestern Europe.Before joining Pew, Bellion led a number of environmental campaigns for Greenpeace International. She also served on Greenpeace International's board of directors and was chairman of that organization for several years. In addition, Bellion was 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. View Profile