Eric Reid

Fisheries Advisor

Eric Reid was the New England Fishery Management Council’s vice chair for two years and took over as acting chair in mid August 2021 before being elected chair in September. He is a fisheries consultant based in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.

Eric has a long history in seafood processing and previously owned and operated his own vertically integrated business for 11 years. In addition, he worked for numerous other companies over the years, including Seafreeze Shoreside Inc., Seafresh USA, and The Town Dock, as well as in various plants in Gloucester and New Bedford.

Over his 54-year career in commercial and recreational fisheries, Eric has been actively engaged in all facets of the industry. He first worked as a deckhand on for-hire vessels. He then became licensed and sailed as captain while attending the University of Rhode Island, where he graduated in 1981 with an A.S. degree in fisheries and marine technology. Next, he began working as a commercial fisherman – both on deck and at the helm – on bottom trawl and longline vessels operating out of ports in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. After 10 years of experience on the water, he redirected his focus to shoreside processing.

Eric served as past president of both the Rhode Island Seafood Council and the American Seafood Institute. He was a founding member of the East Coast Fisheries Association, the New England Seafood Producers Association, and the Responsible Offshore Development Alliance. Eric serves as the New England Council’s liaison to the Mid-Atlantic Council and represents the New England Council on several Mid-Atlantic Council committees. He also is a U.S. Commissioner to the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) and serves as Rhode Island State Senator Susan Sosnowski’s proxy on the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC).