Robert B. Rheault
Executive Director

Bob "Skid" Rheault was president of Moonstone Oysters in Narragansett, RI for 26 years. He has a Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography and is an adjunct faculty member in the University of Rhode Island's Department of Fisheries & Aquaculture. He served as ECSGA President for five years before taking the Executive Director's seat.

Bob established the East Coast Shellfish Research Institute and has been successful in attracting several substantial federal research grants to address critical industry research priorities. He is an active member of the National Fisheries Institute and is a passionate industry advocate.

His research interests include documenting and valuating the environmental services provided by shellfish aquaculture, and using nutrient credit trading as a means to limit coastal eutrophication. He is currently involved in a NOAA-funded project to model the ecological carrying capacity for shellfish aquaculture and has been working with the ECSGA to establish Better Management Practices for the shellfish aquaculture industry. He holds a patent for a novel upweller design and is a recipient of the National Shellfisheries Association's Wallace Award.


Contact information:

Robert B. Rheault, Ph.D.
Moonstone Oysters
1121 Mooresfield Rd.
Wakefield, RI 02879
Office: (401) 783-3360