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Current Status of New Hampshire Fishing Industry

Posted 7/16/2013 11:31am by Andrea Tomlinson.

NH Community Seafood 

Community Supported Fishery

Eat Fresher Fish.  Support Seacoast Fishermen.


Greetings Members of New Hampshire Community Seafood.

Normally, Sarah does most of the communication and outreach to you and I stay in the back managing our New Hampshire Fishing Industry and making sure we have enough fish to catch for you all each week.  

But I wanted to take a moment to reach out to you all and formally thank you being part of our CSF and our fishing community.  I've been fortunate to be able to attend most of the drop offs to this point and I'm sure I've talked to many of you about the New Hampshire Fishing Industry and why your support is so important.  

For those of you who I haven't had the pleasure of meeting yet, allow me to re-introduce myself.  I'm Josh.  Not only do I help run the CSF, but I also manage the two New Hampshire Fishing Organizations responsible for catching your fish.  I make sure our boats fish underneath their allotted amounts, I buy and sell fishing rights (catch quota) on their behalf, and I the enforce rules and fishing regulations to make sure that collectively we are fishing sustainably but also at maximum yield.

This year was the most difficult year since I started managing.  To start the year, the federal government severely limited our allocation of Gulf of Maine Cod by 78% from last year.  In New Hampshire, Cod is king and has been the driver of our fishery for years.

Fishermen had to figure out how to still go fishing without focusing on Gulf of Maine Cod, a task that forced 50% of our fishermen to stop fishing completely this year.  The twelve boats that continue to fish are struggling to make enough money landing other species.  

One stock that is completely healthy, delicious, certified Marine Stewardship Sustainable is dogfish.  As many of you know, we catch a lot of dogfish here in New Hampshire, but the market is all over seas for now--mostly in Britain for their "Fish and Chips".  The global prices are also getting lower and lower.

We wanted to change that.  Not only did we want you to experience our delicious dogfish, but we wanted to offer you a product unavailable anywhere in the world right now--"day boat" dogfish which is cut, gutted, headed, bled, and then iced at sea for a dramatically different and superior product.

Last season, we offered our "day boat" dogfish with an assortment of recipes to our Underdog Members and we received enough positive feedback that we decided every one should try it.  Not only will you be able to eat a delicious local product unique to this State, but you will also be greatly benefiting our shrinking New Hampshire commercial fleet as we are able to give them a much better price for their "day boat" dogfish than they get on the global market.

Please join us next season to continue to get the freshest and best tasting seafood available, and to continue to support our local fishermen, who could probably use it now as much as ever.

Thank you again for making this a successful fist 8 weeks.  We intend to send around a short questionnaire for you to fill out to provide us some feedback about what worked and what didn't work the first season, what things you'd like to see different. etc.  We also hope to reach 500 members at some point this year.  We are currently at about 275, so if you like us, please tell one other person about us.  We hope to keep growing and spreading our community by word of mouth. 

Thank you again,




Sarah E. VanHorn


(207) 899-6042

Josh Wiersma, Ph.D

Co-Founder/Executive Director

(603) 682-6115

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