Christien Absil, Director & Fisheries expert

Dr. Christine Absil is a fisheries biologist and marine ecotoxicologist. She has more than 18 years of experience in fisheries management issues. She collaborates with the Dutch ministry of economic affairs, the European commission, scientists and numerous international NGOs. She was a member of the management team of the Pelagic Advisory Council from 2004 until 2015. From 2002-2013 she also acted as vice-chair of the North Sea Advisory Council (NS AC). In 2016 she has been appointed vice-chair of the Markets Advisory Council. Christien is a member of the Multi Stakeholder Group of Seafood Watch (Monterey Bay Aquarium),and co-founder of the Global Seafood Ratings Alliance.

Margreet van Vilsteren, Director & Aquaculture expert

Ir. Margreet van Vilsteren is an expert on aquaculture with more than 10 years of experience. Following her MSc she set up training courses in fisheries and aquaculture in Bangladesh, Cambodja and Mauritania. During her work for the Federation of European Aquaculture Producers she has further developed her skills in project management and fish farming.Within North Sea Foundation she worked with retail, wholesale and foodservice companies on the sustainability issues surrounding seafood. At the moment she is a member of the commission founding the European Aquaculture Advisory Council.

Margreet is one of the three founders of Good Fish Foundation.

Maud Veraar, Director Marketing & Business operations

Maud Veraar [MA] is a marketing professional. After her MSc she worked as art-director in marketing, working on campaigns for Stichting Wakker Dier, Amnesty International and Sportlife. SHe later developed herself as marketing manager at HighQ financial services, where she instigated many sales actions and ‘network broadening’ activities. She also was team leader of financial professionals (controllers and financial managers) and member of the managementteam. A strong desire to mix work with engagement prompted her to start working for the NGO North Sea Foundation where she was mainly involved in professionalisation, acquisition and branding. The past three years she has worked as an independent professional on different campaigns such as the Horizontoer festival, and was responsible for the marketing component of two big retail projects involving sustainability of fish. She is an enterpreneur and is very good at turning plans into practice.

Maud is one of the three founders of Good Fish Foundation.

Tatiana Lodder, Seafood assessor & database manager

Tatiana Lodder (MSc) finished two master degrees at the University of Wageningen: Forest and Nature Conservation and Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management. She studied the die-off of the mangrove forest at Lac Bay in Bonaire and studied the migratory behavior of several freshwater fishes in the Netherlands. After graduation she worked for Good Fish Foundation on aquaculture assessments for the Seafood Database. After working for a year with the certification organizations ASC and MSC, she is now back at Good Fish Foundation, managing the VISwijzer database.

Irene Kranendonk, Project Officer

Irene Kranendonk (MSc.) studied Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management at Wageningen University. As part of her graduation, she did her internship at The Good Fish Foundation studying the European eel management. Currently, she is helping with establishing a project related to her graduation research.

Joost Hamoen, Project Officer

Joost Hamoen (MSc.) studied Biology at Wageningen University and specialised in Marine Biology. In his internship at Hoogheemraadschap De Stichtse Rijnlanden he researched the influence of connectivity in waterways on fish population and fish migration. At the Good Fish Foundation, he is working on the horeca programme, the website and the migratory fish project.

Eva van Heukelom, Project Officer

Eva van Heukelom [LLM] finished two master degrees at the University of Amsterdam: European and International Public Law and International Trade and Investment Law. She has focussed on the role international law and cooperation has or could in making financial processes, mainly trade, more sustainable and mutually beneficial. Most of her research was focussed on fisheries, such as her master thesis on the impact of the EU Fisheries Partnership Agreements on food security in West-Africa. At Good Fish Foundation she advise the team on (European) legislation relevant for Dutch and European fisheries and assists in projects focussed on the socio-economic impact of fisheries.

Max Wastiaux, Project Officer

Max Wastiaux [Msc] has a master degree in Environmental Geography from the University of Amsterdam. During his studies, he has focussed on the socio-economic aspects of fisheries and conducted research on the impact of imported fish on food security in Ghana. Currently Max is an intern at Good Fish Foundation and supports several projects that focus on the socio-economic impact of fisheries.

Esther Bussink, Project Support fisheries

Esther Bussink has years of professional experience in the commercial sector. After finishing her study fashion, she worked for years at O’Neill and later as a representative of Speedo. At The Good Fish Foundation, Esther is working as a volunteer and is helping with various tasks related to fisheries and other matters concerning The Good Fish Foundation.

Petra Opperman, Administration

Petra Opperman is working at the Good Fish Foundation since February 2017. Here she is responsible for the administrative tasks of the organisation. After finishing her degree in office administration, she worked at the secretariat of the Credit Lyonnais Bank in the Netherlands. The past 20 years, she has worked as administrative officer for multiple companies.

Supervisory Board

Current members:

Clarisse Van Haersma Buma

Jeroen Kreijkamp

Marck Feller

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board is a diverse association with members of the seafood supply chain, other disciplines and a network to support the goals of Good Fish Foundation. The Advisory Board supports the Good Fish Foundation to achieve their goals by:

  • painting a clear picture about the expectations from the seafood sector concerning the VISwijzer seafood guide;
  • finding opportunities for Good Fish Foundation;
  • keeping Good Fish Foundation aimed at her focus areas;
  • testing the independency of Good Fish Foundation.

The Advisory Board consists of a minimum of six persons and is appointed and discharged by the board of Good Fish Foundation.

The Advisory Board meets bi-annually. During these meetings the yearly and long-term plans are discussed.