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About Dock to Dish

Dock to Dish began as a small mission-driven community supported fishery program headquartered in the historic fishing port of Montauk, New York. Founded in 2012, we worked closely with the Concerned Citizens of Montauk Association to establish the original Dock to Dish program because we were determined to fix our broken local food system.

From the very start, our primary purpose was to restore source transparency into the seafood marketplace and bring back our long-lost Know Your Fisherman culture—with the goal being that one day everyone would again be able to know exactly who caught what. We began by creating basic transparency programs that were designed to reconnect our small-scale fishery directly to our local community in sustainable seafood sourcing cooperatives.

We soon discovered that by using this membership-based organizational blueprint, modeled after the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) concept, Dock to Dish programs had begun to innovate an entirely new economic model for wild local seafood. While remaining absolutely disconnected from the industrialized global seafood supply chain, we then began to build purchasing cooperatives made up of high-volume restaurants; and entered them into seasonal futures contracts that could only be fulfilled by our alliance of local artisanal fishermen. In doing so, we had successfully created the very first Restaurant Supported Fishery (RSF) program in the world.


Location Options
  • Community Supported Fishery/Seafood Box
  • Retail Outlet
  • Wholesale
Purchasing Options
  • One-time Purchase
  • Subscription
Delivery Options
  • In-Person Pick-Up
Ownership
  • Fishing-Family

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Seafood Offered

Scallops, Squid, Tilefish, White seabass, Jonah crab

1

Locations

40

Number of Fishermen Sourced From

10

Years in Business

The value statements outlined below aim to create a higher level of accountability and trust, both internally within the network and externally to the public, in order to advance the movement of Community Supported Fisheries (CSF) and like-minded community-based seafood operations.

  • Community-Based Fisheries
  • Fair Access
  • Fair Price
  • Eating with the Ecosystem
  • Traceable and Simple Supply Chains
  • Catch and Handle with Honor
  • Community and Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management
  • Honoring the Ocean
  • Creativity and Collaboration

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The benefits of a 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 the local 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.

Our mission is to provide current and future generations of Dock to Dish cooperative members with fully transparent access to the freshest, healthiest and most sustainable wild seafood harvests available in their respective regions — while leading the ongoing adaptation of coastal communities to climate change.