Supporter

Sean Barrett

Fishermen, Conservationist, Restaurateur & Co-Founder, Dock to Dish

“Here in Montauk, New York, we have fundamentally redefined the seafood marketplace by successfully pioneering an entirely new membership-based, supply-driven economic model for sourcing and distributing wild-harvest fish and shellfish.

 

Known as the “Dock to Dish” method, our new model and philosophy have expanded nationally over the last four years; and is now being replicated rapidly in fishing ports across North and Central America while being embraced by many industry leaders and advocacy groups as the new face of sustainable seafood.

 

Regional ocean planning will play an integral part in the continued success and proliferation of the Dock to Dish model, but will only succeed if commercial fishers are included in the regulatory process and have a seat at the table.  We applaud [the planning work] for continuing to keep commercial fishermen at the table, and believe that real collaboration is the key to the future of protecting our oceans — and the people who depend on them — for many generations to come.”

 

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Why We Need Ocean Planning

The ocean and coasts are active places, and we’re putting more demands on them every day. Think about it: traditional uses such as fishing, boating, shipping, recreation, and tourism are all changing and expanding, and at the same time we’re pioneering new industries alongside them like wind energy and sand mining. Ocean planning is about thinking ahead and planning for how to make it all work. Otherwise, we put the ocean’s vast, yet fragile, resources at risk. Voluntary ocean planning allows us to coordinate all these uses in a way that benefits our economy, our communities, and ocean health. Ocean planning is a science-based and data-driven process that provides a tool for people and government to work together, share information and solve problems in a way that works for everyone. Ocean planning helps to identify and resolve potential conflicts early on, helping decision makers and stakeholders in both the private and public sectors do their jobs better. This creates better outcomes for everyone, supporting a healthy ocean and vibrant economy

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