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NHCS Newsletter: Fall Session, WEEK 3 ATLANTIC COD

Posted 9/5/2017 3:51pm by Andrea Tomlinson.

NH Community Seafood-Community Supported Fishery (CSF)

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Welcome to Week 3 of our Fall Session of our Community Supported Fishery! We hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

Our fish this week is Atlantic Cod. Cod is strictly regulated by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) in an attempt to bring back the populations to their former numbers. Please do not feel guilty eating this Cod! This is the first we have offered it all Season, due to it's inability to be caught in large numbers by our Dayboat Fishermen!

Our NH Fishermen are catching about 2% of the Cod that they were able to catch as little as 7 years ago, due to drastic cuts by the NMFS after determining the population numbers were quickly dwindling since about 2007. A lot of our Fishermen, both Commercial and Recreational, are saying they are seeing more Cod this year than they have in many years, and this is a great sign!

Our fishermen save most of their cod quota until the end of the season and that is why we are able to offer this sustainably managed species this week.







Cod became regionally popular as early as the 1600's here in New England. However, over the past hundred years, there has been an international demand for all forms of cod, including the age old "salted cod", which keeps for up to a year and is used widely all over the world in a variety of cuisines. With this increased demand in cod and an ever increasing world population, came a severely overfished and poorly regulated fishery. Additionally, is has been proven that many cod stocks are migrating further north due to the rapid rise in temperature of the Gulf of Maine over the past two decades.

For these reasons, since the year 2000, cod stocks in some areas of the Gulf of Maine have been on a dramatic decline and this has redefined the fishing industry in New England as a whole. Our once thriving NH fishing fleet is now down to no more than 9 active boats, throughout the entire Seacoast, largely due to these Cod cuts!

Most of the cod you see for sale in your local grocery store has been coming in frozen from Iceland and Norway, as cod migrate north and flourish in those waters, with less restrictive limitations on the fishery.

Cod is great cooked any way: baked, broiled, sautéed, grilled or steamed. It's also very popular in New England Fish Chowder. Remember the cardinal rule for cooking any fish; 10 minutes per inch of fillet thickness, any way you cook it. Here are some great recipe ideas for cod, including some New England favorites like the one below: www.pinterest.com/explore/cod-recipes/



One of our many Cod recipes on our Pinterest Page


Our Fishermen this week are the hard working and ever fishing crew on the F/V Heidi & Elisabeth, out of Portsmouth, NH.  At the helm is Captain Jamie Hayward and his hard working crew. These guys fish in all weather, know no Holidays and are the most fished Commercial Fishing boat in our NH Dayboat fleet!

A devout Patriots fan, Captain Jamie Hayward and his F/V Heidi & Elisabeth


 Additional Fish:  All Additional Fish needed to be ordered by last night at 9pm, which is why I sent out an abridged form of the newsletter. Thanks for all the Additional orders!


HOLDS and DOUBLES:   We ask our Members to please do all holds and doubles on your own via our website here. When you do a hold, you also have to pick a double date. This doesn't help when you don't know what that week's fish will be, right! We are working on that within our software system. For now, you can hold the week's you don't like the offerings and double on a subsequent week. IF you want to change the day you doubled due to fish selection, please email us by Monday evening of that week!



Oyster Add ons: We will be offering our fresh, Great Bay raw oysters as Add ons this month, we are aiming for the last week of September, Week 6 for our first Oyster Add on Week. More news as we know it!


Lobster at the Dock, Portsmouth: While Damon Frampton is done selling Lobsters on Fridays from 3-6pm from his boat, you can often find him down on the dock between 2-3pm most days and he would be happy to sell you Lobsters right off his boat then! It's the Vivian Mae and on the right hand side of the docks as you walk down.  It's hit or miss, but worth it if you find him!

We hope you enjoy the delicious and sought after Atlantic Cod this week. Let's hope for a great bounce back from this iconic species in years to come!

And thank you for your continued support for our local NH Fishing Industry. Your friends and family can still join, at a prorated basis throughout the session. Just send them this link to sign up: http://www.nhcommunityseafood.com/members/types


Andrea Tomlinson

General Manager/Cod Enthusiast




Mailing Address: 1 Peirce Island Rd, Portsmouth, NH 03801





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