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.
(New York Times) The scale and toll of industrial fishing is far less familiar than even the scale and toll of industrial farming. More
Uta Bellion, director of the Pew Environment Group’s European Marine Programme and OCEAN2012 coordinator, issued the following statement on the European Commission’s approach to end discards. More
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. More
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. More
The Pew Environment Group’s European Marine Programme contribution to the consultation on the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy. More