Markus Knigge is an adviser to Pew’s European Marine Programme. He is responsible for developing policy proposals, commissioning and managing research, and devising strategies for the dissemination of findings. Knigge is also at the forefront of Pew’s efforts to ensure that the reform of the EU Common Fisheries Policy ends overfishing in the EU and by EU vessels.
Prior to Pew, Knigge worked as EU Marine Programme officer for the European Policy Office of the World Wildlife Fund and as senior fellow with the Ecologic Institute in Berlin and Brussels. In 2004, Knigge was awarded the John J. McCloy Fellowship in Environmental Affairs and, in 2005, received a research scholarship to the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Johns Hopkins University.
As a scholar of the German Academic Exchange Service, Knigge graduated from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University with a master’s degree in international affairs. Prior to that, he received the equivalent of a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the Technical University Berlin.
Late last month the European Union moved closer to providing greater protection for its fisheries—a step that may well result in better control of sometimes rampant overfishing, reduced fishing fleet subsidies, and better data collection so that science-based decision-making results in sustainable fishing rules and regulations. More
(New York Times) Talk about timing. As American and European fisheries officials met this week in Brussels to talk about, among other things, the problem of illegal and unregulated fishing, Chinese boats were illegally in the Mediterranean, making a mockery of efforts to manage the bluefin tuna fishing season. More
(BBC) Talks on Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) reform are seeing important changes in moves to eliminate discards, reduce fishing fleets and rebuild fish stocks. More
Markus Knigge, policy and research director for the Pew Environment Group's EU Marine Programme, talks about the need for transparency and access to data to evaluate current spending and thus affect reform of the European Common Fisheries Policy.