Ed Rhodes has been involved in fisheries and aquaculture since graduating Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1966 through the present. Half of this time has been with NOAA Fisheries, primarily doing aquaculture shellfish research on both a basic and applied basis, and the other half has been in industry. He worked with the US Bureau of Commercial Fisheries in Connecticut from 1966 until 1970 and then spent two years with the Inmont Corporation (later Monsanto), developing aquaculture projects for lobster, shrimp, and pompano from a marine facility in the Florida Keys. Ed returned to NOAA research from 1971 until 1989, when he again joined industry to lead a large commercial aquaculture operation for scallops in Chile. In 1996, he moved from Chile to Mexico to develop shellfish aquaculture in Baja. In 1997, he returned to NOAA, serving as their national aquaculture coordinator working out of their D.C. headquarters. In 2001, he retired from government work and started the consulting company Aquatecnics, LLC. From 2004 to 2007, he was the part-time Executive Director of the East Coast Shellfish Grower’s Association, a trade organization. In 2007, he joined Phillips Foods in Baltimore as their Vice President for Sustainability and Aquaculture Development. That led to playing a significant role in the formation of the National Fisheries Institute Crab Council, where Ed served as industry chair until he left Phillips in 2013. Later in 2013, he became the Executive Director of the Crab Council, a position he still holds.
Ed lives with his wife in the Florida Keys, surrounded by water where they enjoy fishing for stone crabs, among other pursuits.