Christien Absil, Chair & 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, 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, 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.

Lodewijk van Walraven, Reseacher fisheries

Dr. Lodewijk van Walraven studied Marine Biology at the University of Groningen. For his MSc he investigated fisheries induced evolution in North Sea plaice at IMARES Wageningen UR and the impact of an introduction of invasive comb jellyfish on the Wadden Sea ecosystem at the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ). Afterwards he started his PhD at NIOZ where he studied the role of jellyfish in the ecosystems of Dutch coastal waters, and investigated long term trends in Wadden Sea fish catches. As diving biologist he joined the North Sea expedition of Stichting Duik de Noordzee Schoon and WWF. At Good Fish Foundation Lodewijk works on maintaining, expanding and improving the VISwijzer fish guide and performs sustainability assessment of farmed and wild-caught seafood fro different partner organisations.

Michelle Boonstra, Junior Researcher fisheries

Michelle Boonstra [MSc] studied Oceanography & Limnology at the University of Amsterdam. At Wageningen Marine Research she assessed the status and sustainability of the snapper fishery on the Dutch Caribbean island Saba, where she also developed a suitable protocol for a long-term monitoring program of this fishery. At Good Fish Foundation Michelle works on the database with sustainability assessments of fisheries.

Esther Bussink, Project Support fisheries

Femke de Boer, Project Support aquaculture

Femke de Boer is a recently graduated marine ecologist from the University of Aberdeen. During this master, she discovered her interest in the aquaculture. Her master thesis was on using cleaner fish to tackle the sea-lice problem in salmon farming. The goal now is to gain as much experience in aquaculture as possible, with hopefully a nice aquaculture-related career in the future.

Merel van Goor - den Held, Communication

Merel van Goor den Held [MSc] studied Aquaculture & Marine Resource Management at Wageningen University. After her study, she worked on translating scientific knowledge to the general public. She managed both on- and offline communication and events for several non-profit organizations. She also worked in the editorial staff of Down to Earth magazine (Milieudefensie, Friends of The Earth Netherlands). At Goodfish Foundation, Merel is responsible for communication around events.

Skirmanta Treinyte, Project Officer

Petra Opperman, Administration

Charlotte Holtslag, intern

Charlotte Holtslag is currently following the major Coastal and Marine Management at Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences. For her study she has to follow an internship to get a better idea about the work field she will be working in later on. While at the Good Fish Foundation she will mainly work on the issues around Sole.

Irene Kranendonk, intern

Irene Kranendonk studies MSc Marine Resource Management at Wageningen University. Her internship at the Good Fish Foundation is the last stage of her masters programme. At the Good Fish Foundation, Irene will study the European Eel Regulation.

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.