Sean Barrett –
I have been obsessed with the ocean since not long after I crawled out of the cradle.
My parents first met on July 20th 1969 (on a sandy strip of barrier island known as Dune Road) and I was born on that very same date a few years later – gifted with ‘SEA’ as the first three letters of my name.
From my earliest days I was mesmerised and captivated by the exploration of tidal pools and the relentless pursuit of sand crabs – I learned to walk, talk and fish all in the same early age range. My parents describe their struggles to pry my fishing rod out of my hand and I remember their surprise when I returned from sleep-away basketball camp at the age of 11, holding a trophy for best fisherman.*
By the ripe old age of 13, I was regularly skipping school to go deep sea fishing in the canyons, more than 100 miles off the coast of New York – I had begun to form a deep reverence and spiritual affinity for the vast blue parts of our majestic, yet fragile, blue planet.
Ever since those days my two tightly interwoven passions have been the ocean and wild seafood and I have been on a lifelong mission to find ways to conserve and preserve them both. My friends say it’s my dharma and clearly what I was put on the planet to do. To me, it’s my driving force, my mission – written into my DNA.
Along my journey I have been blessed to work with many of the leading hearts and minds in the fields of sustainable seafood and ocean conservation, two of the most important – and inextricably linked – fundamental components required to maintain human life on Earth.
In 2012, after years of traveling and researching abroad, I returned to my homeport on Long Island and founded Dock to Dish – a network of direct market programs, structurally reflective of the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) concept.
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