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NHCS Newsletter: Week 3, Season 2

Posted 8/21/2013 1:21pm by Andrea Tomlinson.

NH Community Seafood 

Community Supported Fishery

Eat Fresher Fish.  Support Seacoast Fishermen.



Good day CSF members and friends.  

This week we have a variety of fish to offer.  We started the week off with pollock and butterfish for our Dover and Greenland members.  Just today we received another boat-full of redfish so we will hopefully have enough for the rest of the week for our groundfish members who didn't get a chance to try it last week, like many of our Manchester members and Durham and Tilton members.   Monday, Tuesday people, sorry you haven't got the chance just yet.  This boat that we are buying from is a trip fishing boat and they always seem to land mid-week.  One day we will find a way to get you some.  

For those of you unfamilar with Redfish it is similar to a red snapper or a grouper.  I would venture to say it is the closest thing we catch to a Caribbean style fish.  They are excellent in fish tacos and would be great fried or grilled.  They are a bit sweeter than our other white flakey fish.  Enjoy!  

For underdog members this week we will have cusk, a close relative to our well-loved friend Atlantic Cod.  I think many of you would have a hard time telling the 2 fillets apart.  That being said, cusk is delicious and I am certain all fellow fish lovers will enjoy it.

Whole fish members will be receiving either cusk or redfish.  It has yet to be determined, but it seems to be a win-win either way.  

In other news, Jeanne Shaheen loves NH Community Seafood and now has her very own NHCS t-shirt to sport around.  Hopefully all of you will have your own soon too.  Our visit with Shaheen went famously.  It was a great opportunity to share all that we have been doing and to continue to create awareness about the importance of eating fresh fish and supporting our local fishermen.  There is not better time than now to support our local fishing fleet.  Feel free to watch some clips or read some articles from our meeting with her last thursday.  Here are some links below:



Also last week was Rye's Seafood Throwdown which Josh was able to attend while I held the Portsmouth CSF pick-up.  The secret ingredient ended up being Dayboat Dogfish which we were able to provide for the event.  Surprise, surprise.  Josh was able to walk around holding a dogfish for everyone to see in person and touch if they dared.  You can view pictures from that event here.  

We finally had our first meeting with our Board of Directors last wednesday as well.  That went swimmingly. We were able to discuss our budget, alterations to the schedule in the next season, and the overall future of the CSF.  All good things and it was great to get some input from them and we look forward to meeting again in the next month or so.  

Looking to the future, Fishtival is fast approaching.  Mark your calendars!  The 5th Annual NH Fish & Lobster Festival will be September 14th from 12:00-4:00!  It's a great time to come out and hear what's going within our Seacoast's fishing community as well as a perfect opportunity to show your support for our local fishermen.  I highly reccommend all you seafood lovers attend if you get the chance.  We would love to see you there!  We're planning on hosting another seafood throwdown so if that is something you're interested in participating in, send us an email.  Also there's a good chance we could use some volunteers to help out for the afternoon so let us know if that is something you are available for.  


Looking for some additional reading material?  I found this great article on CSF's that the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA) had posted.  It's a quick read on the importance of participating in a CSF and thought all our CSF members might enjoy it.  You can read that here.

For those of you who have been wondering, there is still plently of room for additional CSF members, and in fact we would even like to encourage you to encourage others to join.  This is as much your CSF as it is ours and if we are going to gain momentum and to continue to become even more awesome, we are going to need a bit of help from all of you.  As Executive Director Josh Wiersma said it best during our meeting with Shaheen this past week, "Our goal is not to be a seafood store, but to be a community of seafood lovers."  We must all show some serious love for our fishermen.  

As Jeanne Shaheen confirmed in regards to NH Community Seafood, “We need to make sure this industry doesn't get eliminated. It is going to to take time and looking at federal regulations, but this is the kind of support we need.”   

I think I've just about covered everything that's been floating around in my brain for this week's newsletter.  May I wish you all a wonderful end to your work week and an even more wonderful weekend.  

Enjoy that fresh fish!




Sarah E. VanHorn


(207) 899-6042

Josh Wiersma, Ph.D

Co-Founder/Executive Director

(603) 682-6115

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