Claire van der Geest

ACT Director

Claire van der Geest is a marine ecologist and development practitioner with more than 20 years experience in fisheries policy, management and research across the Australian and global seafood industry. Claire has undertaken the full gamete of roles within the fishing industry. 

Currently Claire is the General Manager of the Fisheries Information and Services Branch with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority where she is responsible for the delivery of key data collection and monitoring programs, including the licencing, data management, observer and electronic monitoring programs.

Historically, Claire has represented Australia’s interests and consulted for the industry led non-government organisation, the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation, at Regional Fisheries Management Organisations.  She has also worked across the Asia-Pacific region to inform evidence based tuna fisheries policy.

Domestically, I worked for OceanWatch Australia and for industry representative organisations in South Australia.  In these roles I provided advice and guidance to industry on issues ranging from work health and safety, legislation environmental best practice and export market development.

I strongly support evidence-based policy and management decisions for the sustainable future of the fishing industry and supply of nutritious seafood to consumers.  Being a part of Australia’s fishing and seafood industry can be challenging but is also extremely rewarding and inspiring.

I have been involved in WISA since I moved to Adelaide and was privileged to work alongside WISA greats such as June Gill, Gloria Jones and Charmaine Wait.  I am very pleased to be the ACT Director for WISA and look forward to working with WISA and WISA partners to continue to progress equality and equity across the seafood sector.

WISA is working towards ways to better connect with their members and all seafood women across the Australasian Seafood Industry.

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Kirsten Abernethy – Executive Officer
Email: eo@womeninseafood.org.au
Phone: 0413 039 421

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