John Nolan Jr. is one of the youngest captains in the Dock to Dish Alliance. From a family who has pioneered the development of nylon hook-and-line fishing, John is often at sea for overnight trips because he knows that the deep-water species he is after typically go on the hunt most aggressively after the sun goes down. Since going on his first overnight trip over twenty years ago at the age of eight, John has been learning his trade from his father, Captain John Nolan Sr.
The Sea Capture is captained by John Nolan and is one of three tilefish boats in Montauk. The trio works hard year round harvesting tilefish quota assigned to the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s region, which stretches from New York to North Carolina. These Tilefish boats often go out for five to ten days up to 125 miles offshore, deploying bottom long lines in the densely populated tilefish habitat and have an exceptionally low incidence of bycatch.
At Dock to Dish Montauk we have pioneered unique community-based seafood sourcing programs which provide forward-thinking chefs and members of our cooperatives with direct dock access to incredibly fresh, wild, sustainable seafood that is accurately curated and fully trackable and traceable to the source of origin and fisher who harvested the haul. Dock to Dish Montauk is a strictly supply-driven, membership-based model which was founded by a crew of veteran seafarers who launched the original Community Supported Fishery program of New York State; and then established the first Restaurant Supported Fishery program in North America.