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Wietse van der Werf

Founder and International Director, The Black Fish Foundation


Wietse van der Werf has worked with numerous European conservation organisations on forestry, climate and fisheries issues since 1996. As of 2007 his work is primarily focused on overfishing, with sea-based expeditions and undercover investigations into illegal fishing activities in the Antarctic, Mediterranean and Baltic Sea.

Wietse founded the marine conservation organisation The Black Fish in 2010, which works to realise citizen-led enforcement of Europe’s fisheries regulations through investigations and citizen inspections of fishing ports, markets and coastal areas. The Black Fish currently runs over 20 projects in 12 countries across Europe, North Africa and in the US.