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NHCS Newsletter: Week 6, Season 2

Posted 9/15/2014 4:29pm by Andrea Tomlinson.

NH Community Seafood 

Community Supported Fishery

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Week 6, Season 2

Ahoy CSF Members.

It may be hard to believe, but this week marks week 6 of Season 2 of our community supported fishery, with 2 weeks remaining of this season. This week we will have our fleet of 12 or so full-time commercial fishermen fishing for Atlantic Pollock.


Many of you are familiar with our NH fresh Pollock, and are aware of how easy it is to prepare, and how delicious it can taste. This fish tends to yield a meatier fillet and therefore is an extremely versatile fish that can be prepared in a number of ways: baked, grilled, fried, or any other creative ways people tend to use when cooking fish. Personally, I love using pollock to make fish cakes, that you can freeze and pull out and thaw to enjoy again and again. Flaking your cooked pollock with mashed potatoes forming it into cakes makes your delicious fish last that much longer. I like this Jamie Oliver recipe with a bit of a Peruvian twist, lots of red pepper, garlic, and citrus.



Atlantic Pollock has become an important fishery for our guys. With the drastic cuts in cod and haddock quotas in the past year, underutilized species such as pollock and hake provide additional markets essential to the survival of our small fishing fleet. Without alternative markets there would be little chance of their survival through such hard times. Therefore it is important for consumers like you to appreciate the local bounty our waters have to offer. Luckily it’s not too hard to do with fresh fish tasting so delicious. We hope you enjoy your Atlantic Pollock as much as we do.


Our fishermen of the week this week is Tommy Lyons of Hampton Harbor aboard the Marion J. Tommy is also our newest fishermen to our board of directors. Tommy had lead an interesting life. You can read all about Tommy on my Fishues blog here.

It’s hard to believe, but registration for our third and final season of the year will begin this coming weekend. Season 3 will run from October 13th to December 5th, and registration for that will begin Sunday, September 21st. Registration for the full 8-week season will be open until Sunday October 12th, at which point people can then register for the prorate season. We will be sure to send out email reminders to our entire mailing list when it becomes time for that. We hope you continue to enjoy our weekly fresh catch throughout the Fall. And don’t forget to let your friends know. They’re chance to join in on the fun is fast approaching. We’d hate for them to miss out. Thank you for your continued support.


In other news, I’d like to send out a quit thanks to Manchester volunteer Bill Maki and his wife. They graciously volunteered to hand out fish for the entirety of the past 2 seasons each Thursday from 3-6. They will be heading south for the winter and will be missed. We hope to see them again next year. And thank you to Melody Wyman for offering to take over for them this week through season 3. It’s wonderful people like this that make our community such a wonderful thing to be a part of. Be sure to give Melody an extra thanks for me Manchester CSF members when you see her this week.


Thank you to all of you who have been sharing your recipe ideas and prepared fish meals on our Facebook page. It has been great to see all the wonderful meals our members have been creating throughout the season. From what I can tell, it seems like everyone really enjoyed their monkfish this past week. Be sure to check our page again this week to see what kind of suggestions people share for your fresh catch. Also, stop by our Twitter feed for additional ideas. Keep them coming everybody. We really do love seeing what people come up with each week.



For those of you who are worried you missed your chance to enjoy a delicious lobster feast with your families this year, fear not. Damon Frampton will be selling lobster of his boat, Vivian Mae at the Portsmouth Pier again this Friday from 3:00-6:00 pm. For those of you unsure where the pier is, it can be found at 1 Pierce Island Road. Just follow the crowds down. Lobsters will be $4.99 a pound, cash only. And get this…Jonah Crabs too! Who said you needed to go all the way down south to enjoy some fresh crabs. This friday Damon will also be selling Jonah Crabs for $1.99 a pound. Stop by and get them while the offer still stands. If enough people come by for these local NH crabs, Damon will consider making it a regular thing. So if this is something you think you may be interested in before to show your support and come on down this Friday. Hope you enjoy!


I’m going to leave you this week to enjoy a great article featuring our Restaurant Supported Fishery program published in this week’s Seacoast Online, Cooperative Connects Consumers with Fresh-Caught Seafood. Thank you Minta Carlson for thinking of us. Perhaps you can share the article with your friends to encourage them to participate in our upcoming season.


Thanks again for your continued support.


Enjoy your NH caught Pollock!

Sarah VanHorn





Sarah E. VanHorn

Co-Founder/General Manager

(207) 899-6042


Josh Wiersma, Ph.D

Co-Founder/Executive Director

(603) 682-6115