The Town Dock

For more than 40 years, The Town Dock has focused on offering both the highest quality wild-caught calamari and the very best service. A market leader in foodservice calamari with a growing retail presence, we are a vertically integrated and family-owned seafood company located on the water in Point Judith, Rhode Island.

This profile covers all domestic squid sourced and sold by The Town Dock in 2020.

Number of wild-caught species
Number of certified wild-caught fisheries
% volume of squid meeting commitments

Number of wild-caught species

2

Number of certified wild-caught fisheries

2

% volume of squid meeting commitments

100%

Production Methods Used
    • Bottom trawl
Summary

Founded in 1980 at the town’s public dock in Wickford, Rhode Island, The Town Dock has become a name known around the world for the very best calamari. We partner with a dedicated fleet of fishing vessels, local fishermen, and global suppliers to provide the best calamari and the expertise in helping our customers select the best option for their unique business.

The Town Dock is now located on Point Judith, in Narragansett, Rhode Island, and we’re still a family-owned company, in its second generation. Our customers include independent and national-chain restaurants, caterers, supermarkets, food box delivery services, wholesale fish markets, broadline distributors, and retailers.

Our two squid species caught here in Rhode Island – Longfin Inshore Squid (Doryteuthis Peallei) and Northern Shortfin Squid (Illex Illecebrosus) are both certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). In fact, these are the only two squid species in the world to be certified sustainable. We also sit on the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Global Squid Roundtable to support and improve the sustainability of squid fisheries around the world.

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Associated Fisheries

Species and Location
Production Methods
Certification or Improvement Project
Sustainability Ratings
Notes

Species and Location

fishery flag

Longfin squid

Loligo peallei

NW Atlantic

Fishery countries:
U.S.

Production Methods

  • Bottom trawl

Certification or Improvement Project

Certified

Sustainability Ratings

FishSource

Well Managed

FishSource

  • Well Managed
  • Managed
  • Needs Improvement

Seafood Watch

Eco-Certification Recommended

Seafood Watch

  • Eco-Certification Recommended
  • Best Choice
  • Good Alternative
  • Avoid

Ocean Wise

Recommended

Ocean Wise

  • Recommended
  • Not recommended

NOAA FSSI

2.5

NOAA FSSI

  • 0
  • 0.5
  • 1
  • 1.5
  • 2
  • 2.5
  • 3
  • 4
Environmental Notes
  • There are risks to marine mammals, sharks, and rays with this fishery, but there are mitigation measures in place.
  • There is some risk of bycatch by bottom trawl gear.
  • Bottom trawls will directly impact on the sea bed.
General Notes
  • No additional notes

Species and Location

fishery flag

Northern shortfin squid

Illex illecebrosus

NW Atlantic

Fishery countries:
U.S.

Production Methods

  • Bottom trawl

Certification or Improvement Project

Certified

Sustainability Ratings

FishSource

Well Managed

FishSource

  • Well Managed
  • Managed
  • Needs Improvement

NOAA FSSI

1.5

NOAA FSSI

  • 0
  • 0.5
  • 1
  • 1.5
  • 2
  • 2.5
  • 3
  • 4
Environmental Notes
  • Profile not yet complete.
General Notes
  • No additional notes