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NHCS Newsletter, Week 4, Session 4, Acadian Redfish

Posted 11/2/2015 12:52pm by Andrea Tomlinson.



Hello CSF Members,

We are already in Week 4 of our final 6-week Session for 2015! We will be offering our first ever Holiday Seafood Medley Session in December. This 4-week Session will feature a different NH local seafood each week, including NH sourced oysters, scallops, a premier fish and possibly live lobsters! Sign ups for this Session start next week. Look for the informational email!

We are supporting our few NH Trip Boat Fishermen this week. Many of our Day Boat fishermen are winding down their season or shifting to a different fishery like lobsters or bait fish.

So far this Season, we have purchased almost 30,000 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, scientifically known as Sebastes fasciatus and 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 species, once thought of as by-catch, is quicky becoming one of the more popular fish in the US and here in 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 fish10 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.  Fanel's other boat, the F/V Jennifer K may also contribute.


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!


We are pleased to be co-hosting a special event at the Portsmouth Music Hall Loft this Wednesday, November 4 at 7pm. Please join us for one of Greenfire Productions great films! Tickets are available at: http://www.themusichall.org/calendar/event/ocean_frontiers_ii_a_new_england_story_for_sustaining_the_sea. $11 general admission, $8 for students, military and seniors.




Holiday Share Session:  We STILL need volunteers to orchestrate the first ever Holdiay Seafood Medley Session. Because we will be handling both scallops and oysters and live lobsters, there will be more logistics involved. If you can help with any aspect, labelling bags, handing out lobsters at your pick up or just promoting this session in your community, please contact me via text, phone call or email! Each self-help pick up location will need a live body for our live lobster week! 

Social Media: Like us on Facebook, WE LIKE TO BE LIKED! We are a few likes short of 2000 likes..invite your friends to like us! So PLEASE, if you love Facebook, invite your friends to view our page and please post your pictures and recipe ideas! We are on Twitter and Instagram too! Retweet our tweets and spread the word!

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! We are proud to boast that we are NH's only RSF!


  •  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, Portsmouth, NH

And new this Session, Welcome to our New RSF Members:



And just back with us: 7th SETTLEMENT, Dover, NH

I thank you for your continued patronage to our CSF, our restaurant program and our NH Fishing Community! With your membership, you truly are helping to make a difference in NH Fishermen's lives and the livelihoods of many in this dying industry.

Enjoy your Redfish! Hope to see you at the Music Hall this Wednesday!

 Be well,






Andrea Tomlinson

Manager, New Hampshire Community Seafood

(603) 767-7209


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