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NHCS Newsletter: Week 5, Season 3

Posted 10/28/2013 4:25pm by Andrea Tomlinson.

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Good Evening CSF Members.

We have a broad variety of fish to offer this week, and it's hard to say what fish we will have each day, but I will try and send out emails the night before letting people know what to expect.  Possibilities for the week:  Redfish, Cusk, Yellowtail Flounder and Haddock.  As the weather begins to cool, the waters become a bit rowdier than the summer calm, and not as many of our guys go out every day.  This slimming down of our fleet limits what we are able to offer.  We appreciate your flexibility conscientious fish consumers as the days cool down.  

Our fishermen of the week this week is Tommy Lyons of Hampton Harbor and his fishing vessel Marion J.  You can read about him on our Fishues blog here.  

 A lot's happened since my last newsletter.  For those of you with cable, you may have seen me, as well as UNH Slow Fish representative, Spencer Montgomery, and Black Trumpet Chef, Evan Mallet, on the NH Chronicle this past Friday.  The episode featured the Slow Fish Workshop which took place at UNH on September 29th.  If you missed it and would like to see it, you can watch that here.  

We recently finished a series of interviews with Michael Samuels, a freelance writer for NHPR who has been working on an article about our CSF.  He spoke with several of our Durham CSF members as well as with Josh and myself.  That should be broadcasted on the radio sometime soon.  We've had several false alarms with it's airing time, so stay tuned and direct your ears accordingly.  We'll try and let you know when it to expect to hear it.  

There have been some big changes at the Yankee Fishermen's Cooperative in Seabrook this past week.  For those of you who aren't familiar with Yankee, it is one of the only large-scale, working fishermen's cooperatives left in the state.  We work with them as well Heidi & Elisabeth at Portsmouth Harbor as our dealers of the fish for all the CSF's shares from our NH boats.  By law, you can only purchase fish once it has been acounted for by a registered dealer.  Both our dealers then deliver the fish to Seaport, where they process it and bag it for us to deliver to each of you at one of our 6 pick-ups.  

Big news at Yankee!  So now that we're all on the same page, fishermen Peter Kendall who recently decided to sell his boat due to all the drastic cuts within the fisheries has become the new operational manager of the Yankee Fishermen's Cooperative.  This is great news for Yankee to have someone as passionate and experienced with fisheries as Peter Kendall.  What better than to have an experienced fishermen managing a fish coop.  We are anxious to see the effect this exciting new change has on such a historical coop and greatly look forward to working with him in the future.  There are lots of great ideas being thrown around on how to revitalize our local fishing communitie's infrastructure.  Although it was said to see him sell his boat and turn in his permits, we are more than thrilled to have him continue to contribute to our fishing community.  Congratulations Pete!  You can read an article I wrote about him after fishing with him last summer on our Fishues blog here.  All around, great guy.   

In other news, many of our CSF members were able to enjoy some wonderful dayboat scallops from 2 different boats the past 2 weeks.  Since then, we've had many of you asking for more, and ways to place an order.  To answer your question we're not sure when we will be able to offer them again seeing as they are not landed every day, but we are definitely anticipating offering them one more week this season.  I will do my best to send out an email to everyone once I know when they will be landing more.  The last time they came in we were able to purchase a $1,000, 50 pound sack of scallops.  It was quite the site.  Not sure why I didn't get a picture of that.  Yum!  Scallops.  

Entering our 5th week of our 3rd season, we have since closed registration for this season, and have begun making plans for the winter.  Due to our tight staff of 2 soon to go down to 1 for the winter months while I take some time off, we will be limited to participating in 1 market and that will be the Seacoast markets which rotate between Rollinsford and Exeter, New Hampshire every 2 weeks.  I believe those begin the end of November.  I'll be sure to share that schedule once I have solidified it.  We will not be offering shares throughout the Winter, however we will be selling fillets of fish at market in pound quantities.  We are anticipating bringing 50 pounds to each market to sell, as long as there's fish available.  It's a great market, and we hope to see some familiar faces there.  

Looking to the next CSF season, that will be beginning next June with the start of the new fishing season.  We will most likely begin accepting registration for that sometime in May.  Hopefully those 6 months without fish will leave you hungry for more.  I'm really looking forward to going into our second year stronger than ever before.  It's great to finally have our feet on the ground.  Hopefully we can take our game to the next level for Summer 2014.  We hope you continue to be a part of it.  We couldn't do it without all of you.  

The holiday season is fast approaching, sorry to be the one to remind you, but we are hoping to be taking special orders for the holidays season.  We're thinking we'll set up a couple of different pick-up days, so our members our able to order some fresh seafood for your holiday gatherings.  We're still working out the logistics of that.  Would people want seafood for Thanksgiving?  Or are we crazy?  Not sure.  Let us know how you'd like NH Community Seafood be a part of your holdiays.  

I think that may be all for now.  I hope this newsletter finds you well, and that everyone has been enjoying their fresh catch.  





Sarah E. VanHorn


(207) 899-6042

Josh Wiersma, Ph.D

Co-Founder/Executive Director

(603) 682-6115

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