The Dock to Dish Difference
At Dock to Dish we are changing the nature of our seafood economy by pioneering fundamental, yet drastic, improvements to the outdated and perilous industrialized system of seafood sourcing and distribution that is currently in place throughout North and Central America. By demonstrating that a supply-driven membership model can flourish in numerous regional markets, we are creating a blueprint to be replicated internationally while revitalizing the commercial fishing ports of Montauk, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Quepos, Lake Nicaragua, Chesapeake Bay and Vancouver.
5,476 miles = average distance that seafood consumed in the United States has traveled from fisherman to plate*.
71.2 miles = average distance that seafood consumed by Dock to Dish members has traveled from dock to dish.
* National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA, 2016):
Because “the U.S. imports up to 90 percent of its seafood, about half of which is aquaculture,” our current industrialized system is undisputedly contributing to global warming and climate change.
At Dock to Dish, we designed our system to have a dramatically minimized carbon footprint and a reduction of ‘food miles’ that is measured by orders of magnitude. Our new system of local seafood sourcing and distribution was also built upon a broad spectrum of environmental best management practices for fisheries sustainability, and we are concurrently focused on increasing public access to the safest, freshest North and Central American seafood available while advocating for good health through holistic nutrition. We believe that our work is critical to realigning our nation’s food system, improving community health and elevating compensation and recognition for commercial fishing families — while ensuring the long term sustainability of our oceans and protecting working waterfronts.
Because of our comprehensive ecosystem-based management approach, we are proud to have been named a Featured Supplier of sustainable seafood by FishChoice. This internationally recognized organization uses up-to-date sustainability ratings and certification information on wild fisheries that utilize environmentally responsible fishing methods. To ensure rating accuracy of their featured suppliers, FishChoice targets and analyzes the entire U.S. and Canadian seafood supply chain, and has partnered with only the most respected organizations that have science-based, credible sustainable seafood programs, including:
- Seafood Watch
- Ocean Wise
- Blue Ocean Institute
- NOAA Fisheries’ FishWatch
- Aquaculture Stewardship Council
- Marine Stewardship Council
- Food Alliance Certification
We believe that sustainable seafood is a simple concept: collaboratively managing our resources so that there will be equal or greater availability for future generations. But genuine sustainability is often an elusive goal, and truly achieving it can be like hitting a moving target from a moving target. Sustainability exists on a sliding scale spread across multiple criteria: food miles, mode of transport, carbon emissions, fishing methods, the size/location/species of fish, packaging materials. There is no shortage of ways to measure sustainability. We recognize that the challenge is to identify where we can play the most effective and balanced role through supporting our fishing partners, sharing their harvest with our members and educating ourselves and the community on ways to best preserve our ecosystems.
We are constantly striving to improve and expand the Dock to Dish model of sustainability so that we can assure our members, our producers and the community that we are genuinely producing the least environmental impact possible—while providing superior seafood for our friends and neighbors.
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