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NHCS Newsletter, Session 1, Week 12 (Week 5 Summer )Dogfish Shark

Posted 7/18/2016 4:14pm by Andrea Tomlinson.

NH Community Seafood 

Community Supported Fishery

Eat Fresher Fish.  Support Your Fishing Community.


Here we are in Week 13 of our Spring Summer Session and Week 5 of our Summer Session. Just to remind you, this Session will end on August 14, then we take a one week break August 16-19. Our Fall Session begins August 23 with an 8-week and 15-week option. Sign ups will be enabled by the end of this week and you will receive a reminder email.

For those of you new to our program, we remind you that we are supporting our local fishermen by buying what it is they are currently catching. Over the years, there is a particular species of fish (sharks are actually fish) that has become very abundant in our Gulf of Maine waters, but is virtually never seen on plates here in the US, due to the immediate export of most of the catch. 

We have a real north Atlantic treat for you all this week, one of Europe's most popular fish used in the signature British dish, Fish and Chips, the Dogfish (Cape) Shark. Do not let this fish intimidate you, it's easy to prepare and tastes great!

Dogfish Shark are getting a lot of attention in the news lately, with Fishermen and scientists promoting this healthy alternative:http://www.gmri.org/news/waypoints/do-over-dogfish. Many chefs are starting to incorporate this delicacy into their menus throughout New England.




Spiny Dogfish Shark, otherwise known as Cape 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!

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, the Fish and Chips.

Click here to find more great recipe ideas for this Atlantic treat! There is no fish recipe that dogfish will not work with, have fun and experiment.

Our Fishermen this week are NHCS Board Members and longtime Seafarers, Jamie Hayward of the F/V Heidi Elisabeth and Tommy Lyons of the F/V Marion J.

                           Captain Tommy Lyons on high seas at Jeffreys's Ledge of F/V Marion J


                                                     Captain Jamie Hayward of F/V Heidi Elisabeth



Additional Fish Orders and Lobster Ravioli Add-ons:

If you love Dogfish or just need some extra fish this week, we are now offering our Additional Fish Orders to be made until 9pm tonight. The same goes for our Lobster Ravioli Add-Ons. You now have until tonight, Monday at 9pm to order these delicious treats to be included in your share for this week! Additional fish will come in 1lb and 2lb packages and the Lobster Ravioli will now be labelled with your name on the bag and placed on top of the coolers.



Lobster Ravioli and Additional Fish Add ons now available to order online until 9pm tonight!



Lobsterman and President of the Board for NH Community Seafood, Damon Frampton will be selling live lobsters off his boat, the Vivian Mae at the Portsmouth Commercial Fishing Pier (next to Prescott Park on Peirce Island) on Fridays from 3-5:30pm. Come on down and get lobster caught the same day and support our local fishermen!





OYSTER ADD- ONS COMING SOON! Within the next few weeks, we will be offering fresh, NH grown oysters by the dozen as a Member only Add-on. More information this week!



We offer a flexible hold system if you are away for a week during our session. We ask that you do this through our website by the SUNDAY before the week you wish to hold. To access this feature, use the Member Login on our website. Here you may select the week you want for us to "hold" your share and the week you want us to "double up". When you receive your double share, it will be in the same size bags as your regular share and you will pick up two packages. For example, if you are signed up for a 1lb share, your double share will come in two 1lb packages. The same goes for 1/2 lb and 2lb double shares. 


We are now serving 18 different restaurants our fresh and local fish throughout the Seacoast region as well as inland NH. Please visit one of these fine establishments and tell them you are a Community Supported Fisheries member! 

  •  Anneke JansKittery, ME
  • Throwback Brewery, North Hampton, NH
  • Local Eatery,  Laconia, NH
  • The Hancock Inn,  Hancock, NH
  • Moxy, Portsmouth, NH
  • Vida Cantina,  Portsmouth, NH
  • Jumpin' Jays Fish Cafe,  Portsmouth, NH
  • One Hundred Club, Portsmouth, NH
  • 7th Settlement,  Dover, NH
  • The Bedford Village Inn, Bedford, NH
  • Franklin Oyster House, Portsmouth, NH
  • Sonny's Tavern, Dover, NH
  • The District, Porstmouth, NH
  • Cure, Portsmouth, NH
  • Appledore Island Dining Hall, Atlantic Ocean,NH 
  • Row 34, Portsmouth, NH
  • Oak House, Newmarket, NH
  • Blind Pig Provisions, Kittery, NH


Thanks to Three Rivers Farmer's Alliance for the collaboration and getting us new restaurants this season!

And thank you to you, our Members who make this program a success. One pound at a time, we are making a difference in our local fishing community!


Be well and enjoy the Dogfish!







Andrea Tomlinson

Manager, New Hampshire Community Seafood

(603) 767-7209

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