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NHCS Newsletter, Week 4, Session 3, Acadian Redfish

Posted 9/14/2015 8:58pm by Andrea Tomlinson.

NH Community Seafood 

Community Supported Fishery

Eat Fresher Fish.  Support Your Fishing Community.


Hello CSF Members,

We are already in Week 4 of our third Session for 2015! We have had a mishap with our newsletter the last two weeks and I apologize if some of you have not been receiving it. If this ever happens in the future, remember our newsletter is always posted on our website under the News tab as well as weekly on our Facebook Page!

Happy Fall Everyone and thanks to all of our Shareholders who came out to enjoy an afternoon of food and drink at the Seacoast Science Center this past Sunday! Despite the blustery weather, we enjoyed local beer and wine, as well as an array of local seafood cooked up exclusively by our Fishermen who caught it!

So far this Season, we have purchased over 20,000 pounds of fresh and local fish from our NH and Gulf of Maine Fishermen in an effort to help offset the financial pressures they are feeling due to increasingly stringent regulations and restrictions on catch limits!

 In addition to our very popular Shellfish Add Ons, we are featuring one of the Atlantic's best kept secrets this week, the Acadian Redfish.


The Acadian Redfish, otherwise known as Ocean Perch, looks like a tropical fish from the islands. This member of the rockfish (grouper) family is a deep water, goggle eyed, slow-growing, fish that spans from Norway to Georges Bank in our Atlantic Ocean. Not to be confused with red drum, a southern species down south, the Redfish births live young (very rare with fish) and can live to be up to 50 years old! This fish species fed our military for 10 solid years from the 1940's through the early 1950's and has just begun to experience a revival in fish markets throughout New England.

The fillets on these fish are thin and delicate but have a distinctly sweet flavor. You will receive your fillets with the red skin on. Remember, the skin of the fish is where most of the healthy Omega-3 oils are stored AND they add a lot of flavor when cooking. Try them in fish tacos, sautéed in butter with lemon and garlic or on the grill in tin foil. Here is a link to a number of great redfish recipes on our Pinterest Page:https://www.pinterest.com/nhcsf/acadian-redfish/. And remember the cardinal rule for cooking fish, 10 minutes per inch, including flip time! Because these fillets are very thin, you will therefore only need to cook them for a few minutes each side!



Our fisherman this week is Tim Daggett of the F/V Anne Marie, owned by longtime NH Fisherman, Fanel Dobre.

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!


Need some extra fish one week for that Family party or neighborhood barbeque? You asked for it and now you've got it! We now have an Additional Fish Feature on the Member Log In page. Just chose from our 1lb increments how much extra fish you would like, pay online and the fish will be delivered with your regular share!


Available every Friday, off the boat, until October:

Want to buy some local soft shell lobsters and Jonah crabs, right off the boat, the same day they were caught? Damon Frampton of the F/V Vivian Mae and John Bordon of the F/V Mary Baker  have started selling these off the boat, at the Portsmouth Commercial Fishing Pier, on Peirce Island, next to Prescott Park. You will find them down on the docks between 3-6pm on Fridays for the rest of the season into October!


Going away and can't get your share one week? Need to Pick up at one of our other 18 Pick Up Locations One Week?


Please remember to schedule your hold the SATURDAY BEFORE  the week you wish to hold!! We tally all our orders on Mondays!



  • Go to MEMBER LOG IN and sign in
  • When you see the "Welcome to New Hampshire Community Seafood message, choose  in the shaded gray box, "Schedule a new vacation hold or temporary pick up location change", click on Schedule. 
  • Choose WEEK TO HOLD

 Choose WEEK TO DOUBLE, it is not automatically the following week

You may also do a Temporary Pick Up Location Change at this location as well, simply follow the prompts


If you are going out to eat, please try and support one of several restaurants who have committed to 24 weeks of fresh and local seafood, many of them buying our fish whole and using the head and bones for stock, soups and chowders! We appreciate all the innovative and dedicated Chefs who buy from this program. Our participating restaurants currently are:


  •  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



Labeling bags: We use at least 500 bags each week for our shares. Our bags now say "FRESH FISH" and have the weights of your share listed on them, as opposed to the fish species name. 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 last Session's labels!

Social Media: Like us on Facebook, invite your friends to view our page and  and recipes, we love to see them and so do other Members! We are on Twitter and Instagram too! Retweet our tweets and spread the word!

Handing out Shares: Some of our pick ups, like Farmer Dave's, Dover and Laconia 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.

Thank you for joining our movement to help offset the financial and political struggles our NH Fishing Community is experiencing this year. They need our support and we are doing that as NH's only Cooperatively owned CSF!

Thank you so much for your continued support and enjoy New England's best kept secret, the Acadian Redfish!

Be well,
















Andrea Tomlinson

General Manager, New Hampshire Community Seafood

(603) 767-7209

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