Sean Tobias Barrett
Advisor, Ocean Collectiv
Founder, Dock to Dish
Sean Barrett is a lifelong veteran of both the restaurant and fishing industries of New York, and a co-founder of Dock to Dish. This innovative and acclaimed membership-based supply programs connect small-scale and artisanal fishermen directly to local communities through wild seafood sourcing cooperatives that build resilience to climate change.
Since launching the original Dock to Dish program in 2012 with help from the Concerned Citizens of Montauk Association, support from chef Dan Barber of Blue Hill at Stone Barns, and the careful guidance from his close friend, farmer Scott Chaskey at Quail Hill Farm in Amagansett — an original birthplace of community supported agriculture in the United States — Barrett’s organization has proliferated into an expansive international network of community and restaurant supported fisheries that are now being broadly recognized as an important blueprint for a future of sustainable seafood.
He is a founding member of both the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA) and the Amagansett Food Institute (AFI); serves on the executive board of GreenWave.org; is a longtime pod member for the Future of Fish organization; and has been named Person of the Year by the United Restaurant and Tavern Owners (URTO) Association of New York State.
Barrett has also been ranked among the 25 Most Daring Individuals of 2016 by Vanity Fair magazine; named to Grist’s list of the Foremost 50 People Fighting for a More Sustainable Future; listed as one of Sonima's top 50 Innovators Shaping the Future of Wellness; identified as one of the Top 7 Leaders of the Future of Food by Bon Appetit magazine; designated as New York State's ambassador to the "United States of Healthy" by editors of Cooking Light magazine; nominated by both the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Carl Safina to be recognized by the White House as a United States Champion of Change for Sustainable Seafood; and recently appointed to serve as a member of the New York State Marine Resources Advisory Council under Gov. Andrew Cuomo.