Toward Improvement In Rebuilding Fisheries: Lessons from the United States

This report seeks to describe the process and pitfalls through the experience of the United States in enacting and amending legislation to manage its fisheries resources. Why the U.S. experience? The American legislation, known as the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), sought to rebuild and then stabilise the country's fishery resources. This experience of devising legislation and negotiating the many stakeholder interests—in particular, the adoption of maximum sustainable yield (MSY) as a limit rather than a target—makes it a valuable example for the present reform of the European Union's Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).

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Uta Bellion

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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