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NHCS Newsletter, Week 1, Session 4, Atlantic Cod

Posted 10/13/2015 11:35am by Andrea Tomlinson.

NH Community Seafood 

Community Supported Fishery

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Welcome Session 4 CSF Members


We are in our final 6-week Session for the Season and are anticipating our "Holiday Seafood Medley" Session for the month of December, which will feature a variety of diverse locally sourced NH seafood such as scallops, oysters, lobsters and a premier fish. Much like the long anticipated fish this week, the Atlantic cod.

Due to drastic cuts in the federally mandated catch allotment for cod in the past 5 years, many of our NH ground fishermen have either left the industry for alternative work or turned to lobstering. Cod catch allotments have been reduced to a mere 3% of the former amounts. Once plentiful and abundant in our New England waters, cod was a New England staple and our signature fish. "In Cod We Trust" was the motto of fishermen here for centuries.

Cod became regionally popular as early as the 1600's here in New England. However, over the hundred years, there has been an international demand for all forms of cod, including the age old "salted cod", which keeps for up to a year and is used widely all over the world in a variety of cuisines. With this increased demand in cod and an ever increasing world population, came a severely overfished and poorly regulated fishery.

Since 2000, cod stocks have been on the dramatic decline and this has redefined the fishing industry in New England as a whole. Our once thriving NH fishing fleet is now down to no more than 10 active boats, throughout the entire Seacoast! Our fishermen have been purposely avoiding cod all season this year, due to the strict limits on the catch allotment, which would have forced them to stop fishing altogether, for all species. Once they catch the total cod allotment for the year, they have to stop fishing.

Most of the cod you have seen lately for sale in our area has been coming in frozen from Iceland and Norway, as cod migrate north and flourish in those waters, with less restrictive limitations on the fishery.

So, it is with great anticipation that we offer this longtime King of Atlantic. Our Fishermen this week is Jamie Hayward, Captain of the F/V Heidi Elisabeth. Jamie is one of the last of Portsmouth's ground fishermen, following in his father's footsteps. Thanks to Jamie and his hard working and dedicated crew of three, we have fresh cod this week.

Cod is great cooked any way: baked, broiled, sauteed, grilled or steamed. It's also very popular in New England Fish Chowder. Remember the cardinal rule for cooking any fish; 10 minutes per inch of fillet thickness, any way you cook it. Here are some diverse recipe ideas for cod, including the New England favorite, Baked stuffed Cod:http://allrecipes.com/recipes/418/seafood/fish/cod/.


If you haven't tried our Shellfish Add ons yet, you should! Many of our members have taken advantage of these Member Only Shellfish treats in the form of our Lobster Ravioli, from Portsmouth Lobster Company.  The 12 oz. bags have 10 huge raviolis with Gulf of Maine caught lobster and cost just $15! Orders are preordered and must be placed by Monday at 9pm the week of pick up!

Now for Logistics:

Manchester Pick Up: For our Manchester folks, we will continue to pick up next to Brookford Farms at the Farmer's Market until October 22. Then we will move back to the Brookside Church on Elm Street to finish up the season. Many thanks to our CSF Member and dedicated volunteer, Melody Wyman who has been handing out shares all season in Manchester.

Former Greenland Pick Up: The Greenland Farmer's Market is done for the season and we have automatically moved all of you to the next closet site, Exeter. The Exeter pick up is on Thursdays, at 9 Newfields Road (aka Route 85) from 3-6pm. If you would like to be moved one of our other locations, review them here and contact me at the email below and I will adjust your pick up location for this Session.


Labelling bags:We use at least 500 bags each week for our shares. So, if you would like to help label bags, something we need help with weekly, you could simply email or text me at the contact below and I could have bags and labels waiting for you at your pick up location. You can take them home, label at your leisure and return them the following week! We would appreciate any and all help we can get with this! Thanks to all our faithful CSF Member volunteers for help with this week's labels!

Social Media: Like us on Facebook, invite your friends to view our page and please post your cooked fish pictures and recipe ideas! We are on Twitter and Instagram too! Retweet our tweets and spread the word!

Handing out Shares: WE STILL NEED VOLUNTEERS AT OUR SELF HELP PICK UPS! Some of our pick ups, like Farmer Dave's in Dracut, Mass and Dover Natural Foods are self serve pick ups. If you are willing to help hand out shares, it is helpful to have someone checking off names and ensuring you have the correct share size and Add ons. If you are interested in doing this, please let me know at the below email address, we can split the coverage up into shifts.The bonus is, you get to keep any left over fish or you can take it to one of our nearest food pantries.


Thank you all for your continued patronage and support for our NH Fishing Community! Tell your friends, neighbors and family all about us and there is still time to  Sign up for Session 4, starting October 12, at a prorated cost on our website! 

And don't forget all our wonderful Restaurants that support our Restaurant Supported Fishery (RSF) program! From Laconia to Hancock to Portsmouth, our fish is everywhere! You can visit one of the following establishments next time you decide to dine out and tell them you are a CSF Member and support what they are doing! Thanks!

  •  Black Trumpet, 29 Ceres Street, Portsmouth, NH
  • Local Eatery, 21 Veterans Square, Laconia, NH
  • Hayseed Restaurant, Smuttynose Brewing Co., Hampton, 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, Porstmouth, NH


Thank you so much for your continued support and enjoy the fresh, LOCAL cod!

All the best,






Andrea Tomlinson

Manager, New Hampshire Community Seafood

(603) 767-7209

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