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 the destruction of the world’s oceans. The program includes campaigns to end illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing; to reduce excess fishing and subsidies that ultimately damage the marine environment; and to develop science-based catch limits for endangered and depleted fish species and timely plans for their recovery.
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.