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NHCS Newsletter: Fall Session: WEEK 8- COD

Posted 10/1/2018 2:03pm by Andrea Tomlinson.

Eat Fresher Fish.  Support Our Local Fishing Industry.



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WELCOME to Week 8 of our Community Supported Fishery (CSF) Fall Session. The Catch of the Week is the ever famous Atlantic Cod! Once our signature New England fish, the Codfish is now only caught in small numbers by our NH Fleet. Cod is highly restricted in our NH waters in an effort by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to bring back the once thriving population we once knew.

Our Add ons this Week are Jonah Crabs, from Southern Maine Crabs.

If you are and 8-week member and would like to extend your Membership, we will be sending out that link tomorrow for you! We hope to see you for another 8 weeks!


Add ons this week are local Jonah Crabs from our Jillian Robillard, young entrepreneur and owner of Southern Maine Crabs. Orders are closed for the week.

Jillian is the daughter of Board Member and Fisherman, Dennis Robillard. She started her own business, supporting local lobstermen who catch crabs in their traps! 

Our Jonah Crabs this week come from Portsmouth, NH and York, Maine.

We will be updating our Shellfish Schedule for the remainder of the season tomorrow. Stay tuned for more delicious local Shellfish specials!



You can "hold" your share any week within the Session that you will not be available to pick up OR any week you do not care for the Catch of the Week. You do your holds through our Member Login system here

You cannot hold your share and still pick up Add ons! Our software system doesn't understand! So, if you order an Add on, you also have to take the Catch of the Week!

Please note, when you pick up a "double" share, you will be getting a double of your share size. For example: 1lb share size picks up 2-1 lb bags, 1/2lb share size gets 2-1/2lb bags. It's really important we get that one right, so everyone gets the correct shares each week!

You can also choose to do a Temporary Pick up Location change, any week you would like to pick up your share at any of our other 23 Pick up Locations. You can do that here, simply choose "Change Pick up Location" from the drop down menu, under the box marked Action.


The Catch of the Week this week is Atlantic Cod. Get your Additional Cod or our weekly Haddock here, please order by tonight at 12pm!

Orders are available in 1lb bags and discounted on all orders over 2 lbs!


If you haven't already done so, please send us a check for your balance to: NHCS, 1 Peirce Island Rd, Portsmouth, NH 03801. If you send a check, it saves us the 3% charge from Paypal! If you choose to pay online with a credit or debit card, do it here.




Please do not feel guilty eating this Cod! This is the first time we have offered it for our Fall Session,  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 Gulf of Maine Cod populations.

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.


Our Fisherman this week is Jamie Hayward, Captain of F/V Heidi & Elisabeth, Portsmouth. Jamie and his crew fish more days than any other Day boat in our area! They found the Cod for us this week, thanks guys! Jamie's dedicated crew, Tommy, Chris and Ward work hard!
Captain Jamie Hayward, bringing the Catch onshore 


Heidi & Elisabeth, fully loaded with a variety of fish  




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/ or check out our blog recipes and videos here: https://nhcommunityseafoodblog.wordpress.com/?s=cod



One of our many Cod recipes on our Pinterest Page


We will pick our monthly winner after this week's posts!

Don't forget about our Recipe Contest on Facebook and/or Instagram. To encourage more folks to participate, we are going to pick a winner monthly! Show us your recipes folks and win a free pound of fish!

Here's how to enter:

Use the Catch of the Week Fish
Post your picture and recipe
  • Post on our   Page

Winner selected at the end of each month, please post your pics!



Our former Delivery Driver and now official Assistant Manager, Kendall Young has given up the driving to come on board and help with administration, Member Management and coordinating our Restaurant Supported Fishery. Please email kendall@nhcommunityseafood.com with any and all Membership questions pertaining to your account.


In addition to our Community Supported Fishery, we also run a thriving Restaurant Supported Fishery (RSF).  Our RSF is supply driven and operates on the old adage of the "Catch of the Week".  You can read all about it on our website.

The following restaurants and retail stores participate in our Restaurant Supported Fishery (RSF) program. Through their creative talents, they make our delicious local fish taste even better and available to a wider audience! Please support them by eating and shopping there frequently. And let them know you support local, sustainable fish!




We also enjoy a partnership with Three River Farmers Alliance. They help pair our local seafood with chefs in the Seacoast region with a desire for locally sourced foods.


We are currently vending our Catch of the Week and signing up new Members, at the following Farmer's Markets:


Seacoast Growers Association

PORTSMOUTH- SATURDAYS 8am-1pm Haddock available weekly 

EXETER- THURSDAYS 2:15-6pm Haddock available weekly



HENNIKER- THURSDAYS 4-7pm  Haddock weekly






Enjoy our Cod this week, it's a rare occasion we can serve this one up to you! And enjoy your Jonah crabs.
Thanks for making it local seafood!

All the best,

Andrea Tomlinson
General Manager
Seafood Enthusiast


1 Peirce Island Rd-Portsmouth-NH-03801





We are currently vending our Catch of the Week and signing up new Members, at the following Farmer's Markets:

PORTSMOUTH- SATURDAYS 8am-1pm Haddock available weekly also






Thank you for your support for our local fishing community! Our NH Fishing Fleet remains small yet powerful! Each time we purchase from them, we are helping out!

Thank you for helping to keep our Fishermen and Lobstermen afloat! Enjoy your delicious Cod this week or your Lobsters or both!

All the best,

Andrea Tomlinson
General Manager
Seafood Enthusiast


1 Peirce Island Rd-Portsmouth-NH-03801



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