Ed Rhodes is a marine biologist with more than 40 years of experience in shellfish biology, fisheries, aquaculture, and seafood sustainability. He has worked in aquaculture research for both the Federal government and for private industry, has developed major aquaculture projects in South America and Asia, and served for four years as the aquaculture coordinator for NOAA Fisheries at their headquarters.
He was the first executive director of the East Coast Shellfish Growers Association, a position he held until 2008, and he is currently the ECSGA vice-president.
Ed is the vice-president of Aquaculture and Sustainability for Phillips Foods in Baltimore, MD, where he is responsible for aquaculture development of finfish and shellfish, for developing and executing a responsible seafood sourcing program, and for corporate responsibility reporting in areas such as greenhouse gas emissions and resource use.
He chairs the newly formed NFI Crab Council, guiding major international seafood companies in their efforts to address the sustainability of crab fisheries. Ed also serves on the Advisory Board for the Maryland Sea Grant College Program and on the Industry Advisory Committee for the Northeast Regional Aquaculture Center.