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NHCS Newsletter, Week 5 Fall Session, Cape (Dogfish) Shark

Posted 9/19/2016 1:39pm by Andrea Tomlinson.

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We are already in Week 5 of our Community Supported Fishery (CSF), dedicated to supporting our local NH Fishermen, an endangered species themselves.  

Please read below our NEW holds policy. Don't like this week's fish? You can now hold up until  Mondays at 9pm. See below for instructions.

One of the most under utilized yet delicious local fish in our waters is the Cape Shark, also known as Dogfish shark. These are smaller sharks, about 3 feet in length, with a firm white flesh.

This smaller shark  species was once overfished, but has since fully recovered, due to  management approaches established by the National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS).  In 2014,  Northeast Atlantic fishermen were allowed to catch roughly 49 million pounds of dogfish, but they only brought in 46% of that quota. Lack of consumer demand for dogfish contributes to the lack of exposure of this local delicacy.


Dogfish is one of many under- utilized NH Species that is responsibly managed and  abundant


PERCENT  OF POTENTIAL HARVEST 2014 (Courtesty of GMRI, Portland, ME)



Dogfish Shark, Squalus acanthias,  are getting a lot of attention in the news this summer. Fishermen, Chefs and scientists have collaborated in 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, including all of our 18 chefs in our Restaurant Supported Fishery (RSF) program!


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.

Dogfish Fish and Chips, very popular in Europe


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. They are also great on the grill!

Our Fishermen this week  is NHCS Board Member and longtime Captain,  Tommy Lyons of the F/V Marion J.
 Captain Tommy Lyons at Jeffreys Ledge of F/V Marion J this July
(Photo by Andrea Tomlinson)


Colin Barnard, Crew Member, me and Captain Tommy Lyons on the F/V                              Marion J (Photo courtesy of Michael Sterling) 
We know even though there are plenty of fish in the sea, not everyone likes all of them! Now, once you receive your newsletter and do not happen to care for our Catch of the Week, you can place a "HOLD" on your order and DOUBLE UP on a week within your session.
Click here to HOLD this week and please do it by 9pm tonight!
Have you tried these yet? Limited Supply and going fast! Only $15/bag. All made from local lobsters!

Additional Fish Orders and Lobster Ravioli Add-ons:



Additional Dogfish Fillets Available!

If you love Dogfish or just need some extra fish this week, we are once again this Session offering our Additional Fish Orders to be made until 9pm tonight. 

The same goes for our Lobster Ravioli Add-Ons. You 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, with a discounted rate if you order 4lbs or more! 

There is a great new documentary out called Sacred Cod.  This documentary has just started screening, including the debut at the Camden International Film Festival and soon in Boston. Featuring some of our die hard NH Fishermen like Dave Goethel, this is a must see for anyone interested in the history of the cod industry in New England.

Just purchased by Discovery Channel, who will debut this important documentary Worldwide in Spring of next year.


Please do not be intimidated by the Cape Shark. I find the milk marinate to be the best and it is a very versatile fish, have fun with it and see how great it can taste!

Thank you for your continued support! Tell all your friends and family that there is still time to sign up for our CSF on a pro-rated basis, delivering fresh NH fish and seafood to your neighborhood until the end of the end of the year!

We couldn't do any of what we do without you, our consumer supporter! Thank you and the fishermen asked me to thank you too!

And remember, variety is the spice of Life!

Enjoy and congratulations on being an adventurous foodie!










Andrea Tomlinson

Manager, New Hampshire Community Seafood

(603) 767-7209

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