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Posted 10/9/2020 3:14pm by Andrea Tomlinson.

Eat Fresher Fish.  Support Our Local Fishing Industry.


Dear %%user-name%%,

Welcome to Week 5, starting next Monday of our Community Supported Fishery (CSF)! We are delighted to finally add Atlantic Cod to the mix this week, from our fleet out of Yankee Fishermen's Coop!

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Atlantic Cod were both overfished and mismanaged for decades in New England, before we saw a drastic decline in cod starting about 2008. Since then, cod catch has been dramatically cut and regulated by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), in an attempt to rebuild the population and increase reproduction.

Our NH fishermen catch about 3% of the cod they did in 2010. That is why our CSF relies on underutilized and alternative species to keep the fishermen in business! Once in awhile, we do have Cod!

Important things to remember:

  • WE CANNOT SUBSTITUTE HADDOCK FOR THE CATCH OF THE WEEK: Our mission is to market underutilized fish caught by our local fishermen. Please do not take Haddock from your pick up location if you don't care for the Catch of the Week, all haddock is pre-ordered
  • You can check the status of your Membership, credits, holds, and all Add on orders here, at our Member Login portal
  • Every pound of seafood you purchase from our cooperative helps to benefit a local fisherman or woman, thanks so much



    Please do not feel guilty eating this Cod! 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 8 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. Your Cod this week is fresh off the boat! 

    Our fishermen for the week will be from our fleet at Yankee Fishermen's Coop, including: the F/V Lady Victoria, Captian Puggy Felch, with deckhand Colin and Liam Barnard, the F/V Ellen Diane, Captain David Goethel, the F/V Witchcraft, out of Rye, Captain Jay Driscoll and deckhand Lucas Raymond. All  fishermen are members of our partner, Yankee Fishermen's Cooperative, in Seabrook!
    F/V Lady Victoria, in Seabrook Harbor
     F/V Witchcraft, in Rye Harbor



    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 here on our Pinterest page.



We have a growing Restaurant Supported Fishery (RSF), where Chefs, Farmer's markets and Retailers order fish through us, directly from our Fishermen. They are able to give customers local Catch of the Week Fish, the Captain and Boat name and the day the fish was landed! Check it out here on our website and visit one of our many Restaurants and Retailers that support serving locally sourced Fish!
We also work with Three River Farmers Alliance to reach a wide variety of Restaurants, Retailers and Institutions for our RSF program.
To find our more about our thriving RSF program contact Enrica Jossi at enrica@nhcommunityseafood.com


Each week, we offer the opportunity for Members to order extra Catch of the Week  and/or extra Haddock. 

Get your Additional Haddock or Cod!

  • Weekly Members order here
  • Flexible Fish Members order here

Deadline to order is SUNDAY NIGHT at midnight!


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 email our Assistant Manager, Enrica at enrica@nhcommunityseafood.com with any questions.


Thank you for your continued support for our local fisheries and our working waterfront! We may only have 18 miles of shoreline, but we are very important in the New England fishing industry!
Enjoy your weekend,
Andrea Tomlinson
General Manager
Cod Enthusiast


1 Peirce Island Rd-Portsmouth-NH-03801



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