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NHCS, Week 6, Session 6, Grand Finale Fish: Atlantic Cod

Posted 11/16/2015 7:26pm by Andrea Tomlinson.

NH Community Seafood 

Community Supported Fishery

Eat Fresher Fish.  Support Your Fishing Community.


Hello Session 4 CSF Members,


We are in our final week of our last 6-week Session for the Season. We have purchased close to 40,000 pounds of fish from our NH Fishermen this year,  through our incentive buyer program,  that has put an extra $10,000 into the hands of our local Fishing Community. Thank you to all of you who have been CSF Members this year and years past!



We are anxiously anticipating our First Annual 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. For a one time price of $70 for the four weeks you will receive "one share". See our website for details. You can order multiple shares for you and your family and friends to share! You do not have to be a former Member to sign up for this session, so please tell your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers about this exciting Seafood Medley Session.


We will also be offering our popular Lobster Ravioli AND Fresh lobster tail and claw meat as Shellfish Add Ons for our Holiday Medley Session! Don't miss this great month of all NH's waters have to offer for the Holiday!

It is also with great pleasure, that we offer our Grand Finale Fish for the Season, the much protected, but not unattainable Atlantic cod, scientifically called Gadus morhua.

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 past 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 9 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 once again, this longtime King of Atlantic. Our Fishermen this week is Ricky Anderson, Captain of the F/V Bridget Leigh. Ricky is one of the last NH groundfishermen who is still out gillnet fishing this season! Thanks Ricky for letting us have this treat as our last fish of the season!


                                                         Captain Ricky Anderson of the F/V Bridget Leigh



Cod is great cooked any way: baked, broiled, sautéed, 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 great recipe ideas for cod, including some New England favorites:http://allrecipes.com/recipes/418/seafood/fish/cod/.

Baked Cod Fillets on White Bean and Cherry Tomato Stew



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!




Handing out Live Lobsters for Holiday Medley Share-Week 2 (Dec. 8-Dec 11) - We will be delivering our lobsters in totes, on ice and alive to each pick up location. We will therefore need volunteers to bag and hand out lobsters at the following locations:

  • Farmer Dave's, Dracut, MA - Tuesday, Dec. 8 from 4-7 pm
  • Applecrest Farm, Hampton Falls- Tuesday, Dec. 8 from 2:30-6:30pm
  • Cole Gardens, Route 9/Loudon Rd, Concord- Thursday, Dec 10 from 2-5pm
  • Dover Natural Foods, Chesnut Street, Dover- Friday, Dec. 11 from 3-6pm

If this is your pick up location and you could help out on this day, please let me know by email or text or call. All my contact information is below! Thanks!

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And don't forget about all our great restaurants in our Restaurant Supported Fishery (RSF) Program, these innovative chefs are buying our fish until Christmas! So you can support our local fishing industry by dining out with them and ordering NH Community Seafood fish from:


  • 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
  • 7th Settlement, 47 Washington Street Dover, NH
  • Monadnock Food Coop, 34 Cypress St, Keene, NH 




It's been a great Season and I have enjoyed providing you with a variety of different fish, many of them new to our Members for the first time! And the Shellfish Add Ons were a lot of fun to provide as well! It has been a pleasure working with our fishermen, lobstermen and my oyster growing friends as well as all our members and watching us make a change in our local fishing community!

Thank you for your patronage and support and all your kind words, suggestions and volunteer help this past Season. I look forward to leading NH Community Seafood ahead as NH's only Community Supported Fishery! Our NH Fishing Community will continue to need support as we face new challenges and regulations in 2016.

Enjoy the cod and I hope to see you back for the Holiday Seafood Medley Session! If not then, next Spring!

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

All the best,







Andrea Tomlinson

Manager, New Hampshire Community Seafood

(603) 767-7209


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