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NHCS Newsletter, Session 1, Week 1 Atlantic Pollock

Posted 5/2/2016 4:43pm by Andrea Tomlinson.

NH Community Seafood 

Community Supported Fishery

Eat Fresher Fish.  Support Your Fishing Community.


Welcome to our Community Supported Fishery (CSF) and thank you for joining!  If you are new to our program, this is your weekly Monday newsletter telling you about your "Catch of the Week" from NH Community Seafood!
You will receive this newsletter every Monday, telling you about your fish and the fisherman who caught it as well as any other interesting and important fishing industry news!
You will also receive a weekly Pick Up Reminder the night before your pick up and weekly invites to purchase our delicious Shellfish Add Ons, all orders for these are due by Sunday night for delivery with your share that week. 
Our NH Fishing Fleet has dropped in size dramatically over the past 10 years. Currently, there are just 9 boats commercially fishing out of NH. We will attempt to purchase fish from all of these boats throughout the season, one  is independent, selling off the boat. Visit Rimrack, out of Rye Harbor for more info. We offer our fishermen a financial incentive when we purchase fish from them.
Our Catch of the Week to start off the season is the Atlantic Pollock, Pollachius virens. Pollock is related to cod and haddock and sometimes referred to as "Green cod".  Atlantic 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 the 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. 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!
Pollock is great in fish chowder, broiled, baked for grilled. It is also fabulous for fish tacos and works well with any blackened recipe. Substitute it in any recipe that calls for cod or haddock. Here is are some great recipe ideas on our Pinterest Page:https://www.pinterest.com/nhcsf/pollock/.
Herb encrusted sauteed pollock and green beans
Our NH Fisherman this week is Fanel Dobre. Fanel owns the F/V Anne Marie, a groundfishing boat and the F/V Stormdancer, a lobster boat that lands in Portsmouth and Portland, Maine.  Thank you to Fanel and his Captain and crew of the F/V Anne Marie for this week's catch of delicious Pollock!
We are proud members of a great organization called Local Catch. Local Catch promotes eating local and selling local seafood.  I traveled with two of our Board members,  Damon Frampton, President and  Erik Chapman, Secretary to the Local Seafood Summit in Norfolk, Virginia this past February, co sponsored by Local Catch and NH Sea Grant. There, we met with other nationwide CSF's, fishermen and women from Yukon territory and beyond, retail seafood shop owners, couples owned seafood companies as well as Sea Grant, NAMA and other prominent organizations representing sustainable fisheries. 
I traveled with a group along the Outer Banks to working waterfronts and fish houses. Most of the fishermen have the same plight as our NH fishermen, regulations that have put them out of a profitable business with the fish they were used to fishing. And a lack of younger fishermen getting into the industry. 
NH Fishermen are faced with strict regulations and are trying to make a living on the quota they have been given to catch. They also have had to absorb an extra cost for what is called At Sea Monitoring (ASM) or observers on board their boat.  This used to be a service paid for by National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) but has just this year, March 1, 2016 been turned over to the fishermen to pay.
You can hear about this and many more stories in the NH Public Television documentary featuring NH Community Seafood:
Please join us at this special premier event of dinner, moderated by NHCS Secretary, Erik Chapman, documentary screening and panel discussion.  Tickets online at nhptv.org/fish
We offer a flexible HOLDS policy for week's within the session when you will be away. You can access these through the Member Login on our website and then select HOLDS. Hold for the week you are away and choose any other week in the session to "double up" your share. You can do this as many times as necessary throughout a session. Holds are also due by Sunday night for the following week.
If you are receiving this newsletter, you have signed up for either a 15 week or Annual Membership. This 15- week Spring/Summer Session will go from May 3-August 14. The Annual Membership will run from May 3 -December 2.
A Second 15- week Session will be available for sign up soon. It will be our Fall Session August-December 2.
Sign ups for this all sessions are rolling enrollment and pro rated. So tell a friend for a family member, it's not too late to sign up, ever!
Please visit one of our many restaurants that buy fish from our Restaurant Supported Fishery (RSF):
  • Throwback Brewery, North Hampton, NH
  • Local Eatery, 21 Veterans Square, Laconia, NH
  • The Hancock Inn,33 Main Street, Hancock, NH
  • Moxy, 106 Penhallow Street, Portsmouth, NH
  • Vida Cantina, 2456 Lafayette Rd, Portsmouth, NH
  • Jumpin' Jays Fish Cafe, 150 Congress Street, Portsmouth, NH
  • Blue Moon Evolution, 8 Clifford Street, Exeter,NH
  • One Hundred Club, 100 Market Street, #500, Portsmouth, NH
  • 7th Settlement, 47 Washington Street, Dover, NH
  • Monadnock Food Co-op, Keene, NH
  • The Bedford Village Inn, Bedford, NH
  • Franklin Oyster House, Portsmouth, NH
We have also partnered with Three Rivers Alliance to market our fish to other restaurants throughout the local food supporting network in NH and lower Maine. 
Thank you for joining our cooperative to help promote local fish and local fishermen.  Enjoy the fresh and local pollock!
Andrea Tomlinson
Manager, New Hampshire Community Seafood
(603) 767-7209

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