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NHCS Newsletter: Fall Session, WEEK 4 WHITE HAKE

Posted 9/11/2017 2:30pm by Andrea Tomlinson.

NH Community Seafood-Community Supported Fishery (CSF)

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Dear %%user-name%%,

Welcome to Week 4 of our Fall Session, NH's only Community Supported Fishery directly supporting our NH Commercial Fishermen! We have just a handful of boats fishing right now, but continue to source you fresh, local NH caught fish!

Good news for Oyster Lovers! We will be offering Oyster Add-ons in two weeks, on Week 6, starting September 26! Order your fresh Great Bay Oysters 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!



And more good news for Oyster lovers! NH's very own 7th Annual Oysterpalooza is being held at the Liars Bench Brewery, Portsmouth, next Wednesday, Sept. 20 from 4-8pm. Come get oysters from 3 Oyster Farmers and great food from some of our Restaurant Supported Fishery Chefs like Moxy and Vida Cantina too! More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/266854803832703/

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 Crisp Sweet Garlic and Olive Oil (Courtesy of Pinterest)


Our Fisherman this week  are NH Sector fishermen, Fanel Dobre, owner of  the F/V Angela Michelle, docked in Portland and Jamie Hayward of the F/V Heidi & Elisabeth, Portsmouth.


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


 Heidi & Elisabeth coming into port at Portsmouth, NH

Additional Fish: Order Additional Fish here for this Week! White hake is great in stews and chowders, just right for this time of year!

HOLDS and DOUBLES:   We ask that all Members do their own holds through our Member Login Portal on our website here. When you do a hold, you also have to pick a double date. You can hold the week's you don't like the offerings and double on a subsequent week.

Restaurant Supported Fishery: We have a host of fabulous restaurants that carry our fish on their menu weekly. Often times, this is a different fish than what we offer our CSF Members, so try them out! Here is a current list of all our RSF participants with a link (just click on the name of the restaurant) to their website!


Thanks to our partners at Three River Alliance for their help with our Restaurant clients! 


That's it for this week Members! Remember, there is always a chance to sign up for our Community Supported Fishery, at a prorated price. So please tell your fish loving friends, family and coworkers about us!

And we have a Facebook, Instagram and Twitter page too! Check us out on Social Media!

Thanks for your support, your purchase is making a direct impact on our local Fishing industry!


Andrea Tomlinson

General Manager






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





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