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NHCS Newsletter: Fall Session, WEEK 14 WHITE HAKE

Posted 11/20/2017 2:57pm by Andrea Tomlinson.

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Happy Thanksgiving Week and Welcome to Week 14 of our Fall Session! Remember, this Session will end next week, with Week 15, whether you are an Annual Member or a 15-week Member.

If you are owed a Double share from a previous Hold on fish (not a lobster hold, lobster holds were credited to your account), please contact us directly and we will double your share for Week 15!

We have a great Annual Holiday Seafood Medley lined up for December, our final Session for 2017!

If you want to continue through December to receive a variety of fresh, seasonal local Seafood, you can still do that by signing up for our Holiday Seafood Medley Session! Sign up here today! Session runs for 4 weeks in December and includes: Halibut, Lobsters, Oysters and Scallops! Make it seafood for the Holidays!

The 4 Seafoods in our Holiday Seafood Medley in December


Additional fish for this week can be ordered by the pound, discounted over 3 pounds here. Serve up some local fish to your guests for the Holiday!

Good news for Oyster Lovers! We will be offering Oyster Add-ons for our final week next week, which is Week 15! Order your fresh Great Bay Oysters from Virgin Oyster Company here and pay the Member only price of $16/dozen. Oysters come raw and in the shell from our friends at Virgin Oyster Company, Dover.

Discounts on any order over 3 dozen! Order more and save!


Oysters freshly harvested from Great Bay, NH


Freshly bagged oysters from Virgin Oyster Company


This week's Catch of the Week is White Hake, a local, delectable treat from our NH waters!

Distinguished by the white barbels on the chin and white spots, White Hake are found from the Gulf of St. Lawrence to Cape Hatteras, NC and occasionally some schools will stray into deep waters off the coast of Florida. White hake migrate from cooler, deeper waters in the winter to warmer, shallower waters in the spring and summer. Some juveniles can be found in estuaries in the summer. Adult hake can live up to 20 years old and female white hake are among the most fertile of all groundfish (the fish that live on the bottom or "ground" of the ocean), producing up to several million eggs in one spawn!


Despite it's name, the hake is not all white, it is a mud-colored (hence the nickname, "Mud Hake"), white spotted fish on the sides, bronze-gold colored on top and white on the underbelly. Hake have a rather large mouth, the cardinal barbel and very long pectoral (the ones on the sides) fins that have ray- like projections spanning off the body.


White hake are delicious because they primarily eat small crustaceans like lobsters and crabs and shrimp! What a bonus for us! Their flesh has a thick, white meaty consistency and cooks up nicely. Here is a link to some great recipes on Pinterest,https://www.pinterest.com/explore/hake-recipes/



Hake with Lentils and Brussel Sprouts,  (Courtesy of Pinterest)


Our Fisherman this week is NH Sector fishermen Tim Daggett, captain on the F/V Angela Michelle. F/V Angela Michelle is owned by NH resident, Fanel Dobre. Weather permitting, we will also be getting fish from the F/V Sweet Misery, owned and captained by Jayson Driscoll and crew Lucas Raymond. 

Jayson is also growing seaweed in the open ocean with his daughter Paige.  Working with the assistance of  Cooperative Extension and UNH Sea Grant, they were recently featured on an interview all about the cultivation of seaweed here in NH , on NHPR : http://nhpr.org/post/watch-out-kale-why-seaweed-new-superfood#stream/0. We even have a beer being brewed, Selkie Beer, with Paige's seaweed at the Portsmouth Brewery!


F/V Angela Michelle tied up at the Portland, Me docks


F/V Sweet Misery, one of 4 boats fishing out of Rye Harbour


 Captain Jay Driscoll (far right) on the F/V Sweet Misery


Lucas Raymond, crew on F/V Sweet Misery, fishing Dogfish Shark this summer


Thank you for your continued support. Our NH Fishermen continue to dwindle down to just a handful of boats fishing. We focus now on encouraging our bold Young Fishermen, like Lucas Raymond (above) and Zach Griggs (new owner of NH F/V Bridget Leigh) to carry on this New England tradition and livelihood. More on this in the coming months, as we are truly dedicated to drumming up support for our new Young Fishermen!

And finally, Happy Thanksgiving Week to you. We have so much to be thankful for especially in these tumultuous times both locally and worldwide. 

We are thankful to you, our loyal customers for supporting our NH and local Fishing industries and helping make a real difference in our NH Fishermen, Lobstermen and Oyster Farmer's lives! Thank you for your support!

Give Thanks,

Andrea Tomlinson

General Manager



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





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