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NHCS, Week 6,Last Week of Session 3, White Hake

Posted 9/28/2015 3:17pm by Andrea Tomlinson.

NH Community Seafood 

Community Supported Fishery

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Hello CSF Members

We are in our final week of Session 3 (with one week off before we start Session 4) and I've got great news! We have a new feature on our website that will allow you to continue getting your shares for Session 4 with one click! No more signing up from scratch for each Session! I will send this link out to all of you tomorrow. If you want to continue receiving your shares as you have in Session 3, you will simply follow the link. If you want to choose to opt out of Session 4, there is also a one click link for that option as well.

We hope you will continue to support our NH Fishing Community for the remainder of the fishing season and into December, when we do our Seafood Medley 4-week Holiday Share. Details TBA.

This week's featured fish is none other than the elongated spotted cousin to the Cod and Haddock, the White Hake, or otherwise called "Mud Hake". This fish is also in the same family as last week's featured fish, the King Whiting.


Distinguished by the white barbels on the chin and white spots, White Hake are found from the Gulf of St. Lawrence to Cape Hatteras, NC and occasionally some schools will stray into deep waters off the coast of Florida. White hake migrate from cooler, deeper waters in the winter to warmer, shallower waters in the spring and summer. Some juveniles can be found in estuaries in the summer. Adult hake can live up to 20 years old and female white hake are among the most fertile of all groundfish (the fish that live on the bottom or "ground" of the ocean), producing up to several million eggs in one spawn!

Despite it's name, the hake is not all white, it is a mud-colored (hence the nickname, "Mud Hake"), white spotted fish on the sides, bronze-gold colored on top and white on the underbelly. Hake have a rather large mouth, the cardinal barbel and very long pectoral (the ones on the sides) fins that have ray- like projections spanning off the body.

Our Fisherman this week for the majority of our shares is NH Sector fisherman, Tim Daggett, Captain of the F/V Anne Marie, owned by Fanel Dobre. The F/V Jennifer K, also owned by Fanel Dobre, helped catch the remainder of our hake for this week.

White hake are delicious because they primarily eat small crustaceans like lobsters and crabs and shrimp! What a bonus for us! Their flesh has a thick, white meaty consistency and cooks up nicely. Here is a link to some great recipes on Pinterest,https://www.pinterest.com/explore/hake-recipes/. This is our new Pinterest Page with mouth watering pictures of a variety of fish recipes! Hope you enjoy it!

Now, its Logistics time:



Labelling bags:We use at least 500 bags each week for our shares. 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 this week's labels!

Social Media: Like us on Facebook, invite your friends to view our page and please post your cooked fish! We are on Twitter and Instagram too! Retweet our tweets and spread the word!

Handing out Shares: WE STILL NEED VOLUNTEERS AT OUR SELF HELP PICK UPS! Some of our pick ups, like Farmer Dave's in Dracut, Mass and Dover Natural Foods 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, we can split the coverage up into shifts.The bonus is, you get to keep any left over fish or you can take it to one of our nearest food pantries.

Thank you all for your continued patronage and support for our NH Fishing Community! Tell your friends, neighbors and family all about us and to Sign up for Session 4, starting October 12, so we can set some membership records for our third year as NH's only Community Supported Fishery supporting our NH Fishing Community!

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!

  •  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


 Enjoy the hake and Happy Fall!

Be well,







Andrea Tomlinson

Manager, New Hampshire Community Seafood

(603) 767-7209

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