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NHCS Newsletter: Fall Session, WEEK 8 ATLANTIC COD

Posted 10/9/2017 5:53pm by Andrea Tomlinson.

NH Community Seafood-Community Supported Fishery (CSF)

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Dear %%user-name%% ,

Welcome to Week 8 of NH's only Community Supported Fishery! If you are an 8-week Member, this is your last week in the session, unless you choose to EXTEND your Membership to the full 15-week Fall Session. You can do that here to sign up for the 15-week EXTENSION. Fall Session will include 2 weeks of lobsters as your share, consisting of 3-chix lobsters/share, regardless of your fish share size. The remaining weeks will consist of fresh NH fish!

Lobster Weeks for the 15-week Fall Session will be next week, Week 9 and Week 11. Lobsters will be delivered live and kicking, with banded claws! Bags will be provided at your site.

As we approach the end of the groundfishing season in New Hampshire, the cod quota is now being caught by our Day Boat Fishing Fleet. Our Fishermen save the very small amount of Cod quota they have for the end of the season, so they don't catch it early and then have to stop fishing for all species. You cannot catch other groundfish without catching Cod, they all live together in the same area of the ocean!

Please do not feel guilty eating this Cod! This is the second time we have offered it all Season, due to it's inability to be caught in large numbers by our Dayboat Fishermen! Cod is highly restricted and regulated in New England by the National Marine Fishing Service (NMFS). Because of these strict enforcements, we are are starting to see a recovery in the Cod populations.

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!



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 crew. These guys fish in all weather, know no Holidays and are the most fished Commercial Fishing boat in our NH Dayboat fleet!

The Heidi & Elisabeth, with Captain Jamie Hayward and his crew caught our Cod for the beginning of the week today in this mess of a weather on a Holiday!


 Beautiful fresh Large Cod, just in from Sea


The Documentary featuring our own NH Fishermen, Sacred Cod will be here in NH for a double viewing this month!


 SACRED COD, the documentary at NH Film Festival this Year

(Courtesy of Sacred Cod)


Don't miss the documentary SACRED COD a the NH Film Festival this year in Portsmouth. Dates and times are October 13 at 3:45pm and October 15 at 10:55am. Our own NH Fishermen David Goethel can be seen  in this riveting documentary based on the lives of two local Fishermen who once depended on cod to make a living. 

Additional Fish Orders:
Order Additional Fish for this week, WEEK 7 here. They will be delivered with your share and all orders over 3 lbs are discounted.  Discounted for Members only!
Please do all holds and doubles through our Member Login on our website here by Monday at 9pm! We ask that YOU, the Member do all holds and doubles, so you can have the convenience of choosing the weeks you want to double up!
Still owed a DOUBLE SHARE from doing a HOLD? Those we will have to do for you. Just email us once you know the Catch of the Week and we will double you up!
And there is still time to sign up at a prorated cost if you know friends or relatives that would like to receive our fresh and local seafood! Just direct them to our website and to sign ups here!
Thanks for supporting our heritage and culture by supporting our local NH Fishermen!
Enjoy the Cod!
Andrea Tomlinson
General Manager/Codfish Enthusiast










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





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