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NHCS Newsletter: Spring/Summer Session, WEEK 11 DOGFISH

Posted 7/11/2017 2:09pm by Andrea Tomlinson.

NH Community Seafood-Community Supported Fishery (CSF)

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Dear %%user-name%%,

It is Week 11 of our Spring/Summer Session and a great week to be a Member of a Community Supported Fishery! I am so sorry about the delay in getting the newsletter out, my computer died mid-newsletter yesterday, but we are up and running today!

This week we are serving up one of our most delicious under utilized species that many New Hampshire Seacoast residents may never even have known existed off our shores, the Dogfish (Cape) Shark!

One of the most under utilized yet delicious local fish in our waters is the Cape Shark, also known as Dogfish shark. These are smaller sharks, about 3 feet in length, with a firm white flesh.

This smaller shark  species was once overfished, but has since fully recovered, due to  management approaches established by the National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS).  In 2014,  Northeast Atlantic fishermen were allowed to catch roughly 49 million pounds of dogfish, but they only brought in 46% of that quota. Lack of consumer demand for dogfish contributes to the lack of exposure of this local delicacy.


Dogfish is one of many under- utilized NH Species that is responsibly managed and  abundant


PERCENT  OF POTENTIAL HARVEST 2014 (Courtesty of GMRI, Portland, ME)



Dogfish Shark,  are getting a lot of attention in the news last summer and this summer. Fishermen, Chefs and scientists have collaborated in promoting this healthy alternative:http://www.gmri.org/news/waypoints/do-over-dogfish.
Many chefs are starting to incorporate this delicacy into their menus throughout New England, including all of our chefs in our Restaurant Supported Fishery (RSF) program!


Spiny Dogfish Shark, otherwise known as Cape Shark, compromise the largest shark fishery in the United States and Europe. They are found in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, on our coast, from Labrador to Florida. Dogfish migrate north in the Atlantic in spring and summer and head south for fall and winter. They can live for up to 40 years.

The Dogfish gets it's name from the venomous spines found on either side of its two dorsal fins. Slim bodied with gray coloring and characteristic white spots on top, they are voracious predators. Dogfish eat anything they can find, from crustaceans to squid to other fish (which is why our fishermen love catching them!)

Fillets of dogfish are a reddish/white color, thick and look feathery. The red part turns brown when cooked and the rest will remain white. They are extremely lean with a sweet, mild flavor and if fried and eaten cold the next day, taste surprisingly like chicken!

Soaking your dogfish fillets in either milk or a brine solution (1 cup salt:1 gallon water) for at least an hour before cooking will both tenderize and hydrate the fillet and remove any odors that shark fillets sometimes emit. You can't go wrong frying up these juicy fillets and making the most popular dish in England, the Fish and Chips.

Dogfish Fish and Chips, very popular in Europe


Cooking Dogfish:

Click here to find more great recipe ideas for this Atlantic treat! There is no fish recipe that dogfish will not work with, have fun and experiment. They are also great on the grill!

Our Fishermen this week  are NHCS Board Member and longtime Captain,  Tommy Lyons of the F/V Marion J, Hampton and our newest and youngest Captain in our NH Fleet,  Zach Griggs, has purchased the F/V Bridget Leigh, Rye, NH (formerly owned by Ricky Anderson) the boat he was a crew member on for many years, for himself! We are so proud of Zach and his accomplishment that we couldn't wait to buy fish from him! Zach is just 27 years old and our youngest Groundfisherman in NH!
Zach Griggs, NH's Youngest Groundfisherman Captain in the Fleet
Captain Tommy Lyons and crew Colin Barnard, F/V Marion J
Thanks to both our Captains and their crew for their hard work in preparing these dogfish for us!
Take advantage of this new and versatile fish and enjoy it! It's also really great on the grill and will not fall apart!
And remember, we have a host of restaurants, through our Restaurant Supported Fishery, that buy our fish weekly as well. Here is a list of where you can get more dogfish if you like it and want it prepared by the professionals: 


Thanks for you support and remember to tell a friend, family member, neighbor or coworker about us! They can still sign up for the remainder of the season!

One pound at a time, we are helping to support our remaining NH Fishermen and their livelihood and our NH Heritage.

Thank you,

Andrea Tomlinson

General Manager



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





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