Eugenio Piñeiro-Soler, JD

President @ Commercial Fishermen Union, Rincón, Puerto Rico

Mr. Piñeiro-Soler has enjoyed a long and illustrious life in the fisheries workforce. In a career that has spanned over 30 years, he has been a successful commercial fisherman, fisheries captain, and entrepreneur in his home island of Puerto Rico and throughout the Caribbean. In addition, Mr. Piñeiro-Soler has worked alongside multiple Oceanic conservation and administrative organizations, some of which include the Caribbean Fisheries Management Council (CFMC), International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), the International Whaling Commission (IWC), and the Marine Protected Area Federal Advisory Committee (MPAFAC), amongst others. He is also an Executive in Residence at Radford University and serves as a member for the Virginia Tech Fish and Wildlife board.

In 2005, while conducting research with the NOAA CRP, Mr. Piñeiro-Soler discovered the Odonthanthias hensleyi, the first 21st Century documented discovery of a new fish species in the Atlantic Ocean, as well as conducting research and sampling for Deep Water Snappers with Texas A&M. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from Radford University, followed by his Juris Doctor from the Catholic University Law School of Puerto Rico. During his spare time, he enjoys nature, fishing, and exploring new places around the world with his son.