How does a Dock to Dish membership work?

A membership in Dock to Dish works in a very straight forward fashion. Subscribers simply sign up and are then ensured a weekly share of our fishermen's fresh in-season fish filets. Subscriptions last for fourteen (14) to twenty (20) weeks at a time and are available for individuals, families and restaurants. 

Individual Memberships receive approximately 2 lbs of fresh filets per week which serves dinner for 2-3 persons with leftovers for lunch, soups and stews - depending on recipes and appetites.

Family Memberships receive approximately 4 lbs of fresh filets per week which serves dinner for 4-6 persons with leftovers for lunch, soups and stews - depending on recipes and appetites.

Restaurant Memberships Our exclusive alliance of ambassador venues receive between 50-75 lbs of whole fish per week.

All Individual and Family members are invited to pick up their weekly shares at designated locations.

Restaurant deliveries are now available.

What exactly does it mean if fish is certified Dock to Dish?

For fish to be considered Dock to Dish it must pass our comprehensive safety certification process and be made available to our members within 24 hours of the time that it leaves the dock where it was originally landed. It also must have been caught locally and sustainably with respect to methods, species, the environment, the foodshed and the fishers and each of the following criteria must be adhered to:

1. Fish was caught by a licensed United States Fisherman
2. Fisherman has sworn and signed the current Dock to Dish Code of Ethics
3. Species is under a NOAA Management Plan
4. Fish is monitored under approved HACCP Plan at all times  
5. Fish is fresh and never frozen
6. Pick up is at the dock or delivery is made directly from the dock
7. Fish never leaves a 150 mile radius of where it was originally landed
8. Fish is available only to participating members of the cooperative   

What kind of fish will be offered during my membership with Dock to Dish?

Montauk members should expect to see a variety of mid-Atlantic finfish including: sea robin, black sea bass, blowfish, bluefish, haddock, hake, monkfish, pollock, sea bream (aka scup, porgy), winter skate, striped bass, summer flounder, redfish, swordfish, tilefish, tunas, mahi mahi, mullet, snappers, triggerfish and wahoo.

What are the advantages to joining Dock to Dish?

Dock to Dish is pioneering a revival of the way fresh seafood is supposed to reach consumers—directly from the dock.

In this CSA-based model, our members become part of a community dedicated to preservation, healthful eating and the idea that a business can do well by doing good.  Advantages of membership are many and include access to a transparent chain of custody and a forum in which to forge a personal relationship with the fishermen who harvest your seafood. 

Among the most widely celebrated advantages of membership is being able to experience the freshest seafood that is allowed by law.  Thats right, our featured fish-shares rank #1 in freshness compared to any traditional market sources that fall under the jurisdiction of the Department of Health, USDA or FDA – which collectively cover all of them.

This is because we have a pre-ordered and precisely measured haul which we transport from the dock directly to our members, without ever ‘storing’ or ‘holding’ it as an inventory.  All traditional markets must manage a daily and frequently overnight seafood inventory and are therefore required, by law, to practice a stock rotation policy known as FIFO (First-In-First-Out). This law or code is designed to ensure that older deliveries are used up before newer ones, and is enforced by penalties and fines for non-compliance.  So if you ask an employee at a market to serve you the freshest fish – they are actually required by law to serve you the oldest fish -- or what has been in storage for the longest time.  To serve you what has arrived in stock most recently would literally result in a violation of the current laws and health codes.

For more detailed information about the health codes which govern the marketplace--and how they are enforced please click here.

For access to the freshest fish allowed by law, join Dock to Dish today. 
 

Do you offer shellfish as well as finfish?

To start, shares will include only expertly fileted fish. Shellfish and whole fish options will be made available when demand and supply are certain.

Will all Dock to Dish fish be local?

All fish will be harvested locally, but certain migratory species may have travelled here on their own from great distances.

Some of the Dock to Dish species listed are on the "avoid list" on my seafood guide, how can they be sustainable?

Many factors determine a species’ status on an advisory list, including the health of its population and most common catch method. If a species’ population is healthy but has a destructive catch method, we find fishermen who use low-impact fishing to supply these species. We are committed to not offering fishes that are overfished or subject to overfishing, and work closely with The Concerned Citizens of Montauk Association, The National Fish & Wildlife Foundation and NOAA's Fishwatch Program while constantly monitoring the National Marine Fisheries Service’s quarterly Stock Status Reports.