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Newsletter: Welcome to our Cooperative

Posted 6/1/2013 5:19pm by Andrea Tomlinson.

NH Community Seafood:

Community Supported Fishery

Eat Fresher Fish.  Support Seacoast Fishermen.


Happy 1st day of the NH Commercial Fishing Season! 

If you are receiving this email it is because you have either

a.) Signed up for our mailing list or

b.) Have purchased a share of our NH cooperative's fish

...or maybe a combination of the two.  

First and foremost we'd like to Thank You for choosing to support our local seacoast's fishing community.  We have received a tremendous amount of support these past few weeks and cannot thank everyone enough.  Secondly, we'd love to fill you in on our progress these past few weeks as we approach the first week of drop-offs, Monday, June 10th.  

  • Today we spent our time sharing info about our CSF at Chowder Fest in Prescott Park in Portsmouth.  We will also be at several Farmers' Markets this upcoming week as well.  We'd love for you to stop by and say hello.  Look for us at the Durham, Dover, and Exeter Farmers' Market this week.  



  • We finally have gotten our website up as you have most likely noticed.  There are still some edits and hiccups we need to work out, but are thankful for your patience.  We are not the most tech-savvy of teams here at our office in Portsmouth Harbor, but are doing our best to learn.  We appreciate you sharing any issues you find with the site along the way.  
  • We have entered all the payments we have received for shares thus far via checks in the mail or in person.  If we have received your payment we have entered it into the system, and you should have subsequently received an email saying we have done so.  We are hoping to have a pay-pal account added to our site on the checkout page soon at which point you will be able to pay online. Until then we will be accepting checks made out to: NH Community Seafood.  They can be mailed to: 1 Peirce Island Rd., Portsmouth NH, 03802.  Payment is due by the first day of your pick-up. Any questions regarding payment please feel free to contact us via email or telephone.  



  • This week we are looking to finally purchase a refrigerated van to transport our fish from our processor, Seaport Fish, to you, the consumer, at our drop-off locations.  We're hoping to have our logo painted on it within the next week or so to help our members better identify our vehicle.  Also, we will be meeting with our fishermen this Thursday to discuss their involvement with the cooperative.  So far they have had nothing but positive feedback.  You can read about our guys on our site or on our Fishues blog featured on our homepage.

  • We are fast approaching our first week of deliveries.  Our plan is to inform you of what fish you will be receiving each week several days in advance in order to help you prepare.  It is my intent to include recipes and ideas on our website each week as well.  Additionally, we would love to hear back from our members about how you prepared your fresh catch; our Facebook page may be a great place for you to do so for those of you with an account.  If you have any conflict with picking up your fish during your scheduled time, please let us know ahead of time and we will do our best to accommodate you.  Don't forget to bring a cooler to transport your fish home, keeping your fish cool during those hot summer days.  And don't forget to check out our blog page, Fishues: NH Seacoast's Fish Issues, from time to time, where we will be posting articles with news about our local fisheries.    

I think that may be it for now, although I'm sure I am forgetting something.  If there's any additional information you are looking for, please feel free to contact us and I will do my best to answer your questions.  Again we are so very thankful for your patience and support.  We have been learning new things each and every day and are doing our best to stay on top of everything in preparation for our first 8 week season.  We are very excited about the potential of this new cooperative and the possibilites for the future.  Though we are taking it one day at a time, we eventually would like to include shrimp, scallops, lobster, in addition to including restaraunts, and possibly other drop-off locations, especially further in-state for those poor land-locked folk.  Any suggestions or ideas are greatly appreciated.    

I fear I have begun to ramble, so I'm going to wrap this up.  Can you tell I'm excited?!  The fruit of our labor is finally coming together at a time when it is needed most.  From here on out, I plan on writing more frequent newsletters so as not to overwhelm all of you, and to keep you in the loop.  We would love for each and everyone of you to be involved in our local fishing community.  

May this newsletter find you well.
Enjoy the beautiful weather & hope to see you all soon.




Sarah E. VanHorn


(207) 899-6042

Josh Wiersma, Ph.D

Co-Founder/Executive Director

(603) 682-6115

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