Welcome to Dock to Dish, Long Island's original Community and Restaurant Supported Fishery, headquartered in Montauk, New York.
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The program was founded by lifelong fisherman and restaurateur Sean Barrett, along with over forty-two participating local commercial fishermen and shellfish harvesters. This alliance of tradesmen and artisans share over five hundred years of experience on the water and believe the best way to eat seafood is the way it had historically been done—when the “catch of the day” was really caught that day—or as close to that day as possible. It harkens back to the times of colonial concierge fishermen, who brought their haul straight from the docks to the back doors of restaurants, which served the fish that night: an experience Sean had at a coastal village in Spain that has tugged at him for years. "We can do that here,” he thought. “We can be the salt water brother of Farm to Table.”
And now with the help of trusted neighbors in the fields of health, law and environmental conservation—Dock to Dish has become uniquely qualified in providing their members with impeccably fresh seafood harvested with the consumer and the planet in mind.
Captain Bryan Fromm, a veteran fisherman in the Dock to Dish alliance, aboard his vessel, the Flying Dutchman.
Photo credit Gordon M. Grant for The New York Times
The benefits of Dock to Dish membership include much more than receiving a weekly share of pristine and expertly handled seafood.
You become an active part of a community that not only values fresh food, but also protecting the environment, eating locally and supporting Montauk's fishing economy. Members are able to enjoy peace of mind in knowing that Dock to Dish never overfishes or skimps on quality, and always features seafood that is in season and rated abundant and sustainable by NOAA's Fishwatch Program.
As a member, you will also learn about the cycles of fresh seafood, how to prepare it and how it is caught. You will have the chance to meet your fishermen and learn their practices at weekly pickup. Yearly get-togethers and Member Appreciation Days will allow you to meet other like-minded consumers. Every new subscriber also receives a one-year membership with our partner organization, The Concerned Citizens of Montauk, that will key you into issues regarding the preservation of our parks, water and open land - our most critical ecological and economic resources.
Upon signing up, members will also receive access to recipes from For Cod and Country by Barton Seaver, Director of Healthy and Sustainable Food Programs at Harvard, National Geographic Fellow, acclaimed chef, and author of a cookbook as dedicated to marine sustainability as Dock to Dish.
• To provide our members with access to premium, locally caught and sustainable seafood, from Dock to Dish in under 24hrs;
• To engage our fishermen and community members in a more transparent local food market with a minimized chain of custody;
• To ensure maximum seafood quality and freshness while maintaining the highest levels of safe handling practices;
• To support and collaborate with local charitable organizations that are dedicated to actively protecting our environment;
• To fundamentally change the marketplace of New York’s largest fishing port by demonstrating to producers, through consumer demand, the economic and ecological value of traceable, sustainable seafood;
• To accept responsibility for the stewardship of our marine ecosystem to ensure that succeeding generations will have an equal or better opportunity to benefit from its resources.