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NHCS Newsletter: Spring/Summer Session, WEEK 13 CAPE SHARK

Posted 7/9/2018 11:31am by Andrea Tomlinson.

Eat Fresher Fish.  Support Our Local Fishing Industry.


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WELCOME to Week 13 of our Community Supported Fishery (CSF) Spring/Summer Session. The Catch of the Week is our most underutilized species here in New England, Cape Shark! Cape Shark, formerly known as Dogfish Shark here in NH, is known as "Rock Salmon" in Europe, and is the most commonly used fish in Fish and Chips in England. We have lots of recipes listed below and videos and tips on how to cook this wonderful fish. Yes, sharks are fish and they are delicious! This is where your adventurous spirit as a CSF Member is most appreciated!

When purchasing Cape Shark from our Fishermen, we give them an extra incentive on the very low auction price, by having them process the sharks at sea and soak them in a saltwater ice brine. This increases the quality and flavor of the fillet and gives our Fishermen more money per pound!

Please note: If you hold your share for this week and but ordered oysters, our system will not have you on the pick up list! Sorry, but you cannot hold your fish share and still be on the Pick up list for Add ons!




Week 14 is next week, and our final Lobster Week for our Summer Session Fish and Lobster Members. On Lobster weeks, you will receive LOBSTERS INSTEAD OF FISH. We will also have Lobster Add ons for everyone. If you would like Fish with your lobsters, please utilize our Additional Fish option for next week, available for order starting tomorrow.  Lobsters are starting to shed, so they will be a mix of Softshell and Hardshell.

Your share is pre-priced for the lobsters, according to your Fish Share size: 

2lb Share- 4 lobsters

1lb Share- 2 lobsters

1/2lb-1 lobster lobster  


We will have a different Shellfish Add on available for the remaining 4 weeks of our Summer Session! Here is the schedule. Shellfish Add ons orders are done the week before your delivery week and deadline to order is Sunday night, by midnight. Click here to order. Add ons are available to order on Tuesdays for the following week!

WEEK 13  Oysters, by the dozen-this week, orders closed

WEEK 14  Live Lobsters, Chix, mostly Softshell

WEEK 15  Scallops, by the 1lb (12-20 #/lb)

WEEK 16  Oysters, by the dozen

This week's Add on are locally grown, Great Bay Oysters


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 Cape Shark. Get your Additional Cape Shark or  Haddock here, please order by tonight at 12pm!

Orders are available in 1lb bags and discounted on orders over 3lbs!


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.



Cape Shark, otherwise known as Spiny Dogfish 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!

Five Gulf of Maine Fish You Can Feel Good About Eating

Atlantic Mackerel-Cape (Dogfish Shark)-Whiting-Redfish-Atlantic Pollock
We are serving up yet another underutilized, abundant species recommended by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI)!

Whether cooking at home or ordering out, conscientious shoppers often face difficult choices. But when it comes to seafood, there are plenty of fish you can feel good about eating.

Here are five Gulf of Maine fish that provide an opportunity to support local fishermen, promote a healthy ecosystem, and eat a delicious meal!

Source: Jul 23, 2015 GMRI Supporting Sustainable Seafood Blog


Our Fishermen this week are Captain Tommy Lyons, from the F/V Marion J, out of  Hampton and his crew members, a father and son team, Colin and Liam Barnard! Tommy is a retired teacher and goes dogfishing each year. Thanks to Colin and Liam for specially processing our dogfish onboard (hard work) so we get a high quality fillet for our customers!

Captain Tommy Lyons and crew Colin Barnard, F/V Marion J

 Thanks to the F/V Marion J, out of Hampton, for our Cape Shark this week


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, Fish and Chips.

Dogfish Fish and Chips, very popular in Europe


Click here to find more great recipe ideas on our Pinterest Page for this Atlantic treat! We also have videos, recipes and educational information on Cape Shark on our blog here! There is no fish recipe that dogfish will not work with, have fun and experiment. They are also great on the grill!

Remember the Cardinal Cooking Rule for Fish: Cook fish 10 minutes per inch of fillet thickness! If you use this method, you can never go wrong with any of our fish!


Calling all Members! We need more players!! Win free Fish!!

We pick a winner every week and the winner gets a free 1lb of the Catch of the Week or our Weekly Haddock!

This Week's Winner is Jennifer Beauchemin, from our Benedikt Dairy, Goffstown Pick up!

Our recipe winner, Jennifer Beauchemin, made Steamed #Lobster in Drawn Butter! How do you steam Lobster? Check it out: [http://www.lobsterfrommaine.com/steaming-lobster/]
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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:

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






Thank you for your support for our local fishing community! Our NH Fleet is struggling right now, with falling prices on most groundfish and we continue to support them by eating what they are allowed to catch!

Thank you for helping to keep our Fishermen afloat! Enjoy your Cape Shark and Oysters!

All the best,

Andrea Tomlinson
General Manager
Seafood Enthusiast


1 Peirce Island Rd-Portsmouth-NH-03801



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