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NHCS Newsletter: WEEK 5 (June 16-20): ATLANTIC POLLOCK

Posted 6/12/2020 10:53am by Andrea Tomlinson.

Eat Fresher Fish.  Support Our Local Fishing Industry.


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Good Friday morning CSF Members and Welcome to Week 5, starting Monday, of our Community Supported Fishery. We are currently up to 1205 members, which is a new record for us and a great benefit to our local fishing industry!

We have just 8 boats left in our NH groundfishing fleet and because we are a cooperative, we pay each of our fishermen a fair market price, plus a .50/lb incentive on every pound of fish we buy. Our fishermen are experiencing record low prices for fish due to  COV19 and decreased demand and every pound of fish we purchase directly benefits our fishermen, now more than ever. Thank you!

The Catch of the Week this week is Atlantic Pollock. You signed up for %%member-types-text%%, to be picked up %%pickup-time%% at %%pickup-location%%.


You can access your Member Login here for all information regarding your membership and orders. Use the Member Login to make holds, temporary pick up location changes, change your share type,  check the status of your orders, check your credit and much more!

Some things to remember:

  • We have a very outdated software system and apologize if it has given you headaches, we are in the process of researching alternatives that are both affordable and efficient. The outdated software is why all Flexible Fish members receive a pick up reminder, regardless of whether you ordered for the week or not. My apologies.
  • Our Self Serve sites have had repeated issues since Week 1 for the simple reason that members are not aware of what they are picking up and not reading the labelling. PLEASE READ YOUR LABELS when picking up from our handful of self serve sites. Please check the MEMBER LOGIN to see what you ordered if you don't remember, thanks.
  • Haddock is always a preordered item, unless it is the Catch of the Week. You CANNOT SUBSTITUTE HADDOCK OR SHELLFISH FOR YOUR CATCH OF THE WEEK at your pick up. If you are doing this, you are depriving another member of their preordered product and creating a lot of extra work for us on the admin end. Thanks for not doing this in the future.
  • All Membership questions should be directed to our Assistant Manager, Enrica Jossi at enrica@nhcommunityseafood.com or 603-988-4866



Atlantic Pollock is quickly becoming the new signature New England fish, tasting much like cod and haddock and very abundant. 

Atlantic Pollock is related to cod and haddock and sometimes referred to as "Green cod".  Our Pollock are found in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean and are most common on the western Scotian Shelf and in the Gulf of Maine. A different species of Atlantic Pollock, commonly known as saithe, is found in the Eastern Atlantic.

Atlantic Pollock differs from Cod in that they have a greenish hue and slightly darker flesh. Not to be confused with Alaskan Pollock, found in the Pacific Ocean and one of the most harvested fish in the world. Alaskan Pollock is often times found in frozen fish sticks and fish fillets and a main ingredient in seafood salad and many processed seafood products.

And according to the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI), Atlantic Pollock is also one of the five Gulf of Maine fish, that you really can feel good about eating!

Five Gulf of Maine 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!

Atlantic Mackerel-Cape (Dogfish Shark)-Whiting-Redfish-Atlantic Pollock

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. 

Source: Jul 23, 2015 GMRI Supporting Sustainable Seafood Blog


Our Fishermen for the week are Captain Jayson Driscoll and his crew member Chris. Jay has been fishing for most of his life and docks in Rye Harbor and is a mentor to several young fishermen. His new boat, the F/V Witchcraft is our biggest NH boat in the fleet. Thanks to Jay and crew for our fresh Pollock this week.

The F/V Witchcraft at Rye Harbor, NH

Captian Jayson Driscoll, hauling in the catch



Our Atlantic Pollock has a white, firm flesh with a sweet and delicate flavor. It is low in saturated fat and a great source of B 12 vitamins! 

All fish should be cooked according to this rule of thumb: 10 minutes per inch of thickness. Our pollock fillets are about a half to three quarters of an inch, so should be cooked for 5-8 minutes total.

Pollock is great in fish  any blackened recipe (like above on the grill).Substitute it in any recipe that calls for cod or haddock. Click here for some great recipe ideas on our Pinterest Page.

Shellfish is offered every other week and our long awaited Lobster week will be Week 6! Lobster shares for both Shellfish members and add ons will be 2-chix lobsters, live. Chix are lobsters that weigh between 1.1-1.25lbs. Lobsters will be banded on the claw and alive, packed on ice in coolers.
Lobster bags will be provided and pricing will be market price.  Orders for lobsters will open next Friday and close Sunday at midnight.


Scrod Haddock is available every week as a preordered Add on for both Weekly members and Flexible Fish Members. 

Additional Catch of the Week is available every week also.

Flexible Fish Members order here.

Weekly Members order here

DEADLINE TO ORDER ADDITIONAL FISH IS SUNDAY AT MIDNIGHT. Please use your appropriate order sheet, listed above.


Please email our Assistant Manager, Enrica Jossi at enrica@nhcommunityseafood.com with any and all Membership questions pertaining to your account.


If you still owe us money, please send us a check for your balance, if over $50 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.


We have a convenient hold system for weeks that you will be away or unable to pick up your share. Each member can hold up to 10 times per season and full instructions can be found here, in the Member Login section. You can also do a temporary Pick up location change here. Deadline for either is SUNDAY AT MIDNIGHT for the upcoming week.


If you have read this entire newsletter, I thank you for that alone. And thank you for your support for our local NH fishing industry, an integral and essential part of our state's heritage and culture. We are making a big difference right now, and we appreciate your support.

Stay healthy, 

Andrea Tomlinson
General Manager
Seafood Enthusiast


1 Peirce Island Rd-Portsmouth-NH-03801



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