Fresh fish from the Gulf of Maine offered in Peterborough

  • NH Community Seafood has launched its seventh season of their community supported fishery (CSF). The program, which has a weekly pickup location in Peterborough, offers fresh fish caught off the Gulf of Maine. Courtesy photo—

  • NH Community Seafood has launched its seventh season of their community supported fishery (CSF). The program, which has a weekly pickup location in Peterborough, offers fresh fish caught off the Gulf of Maine. Courtesy photo—

  • NH Community Seafood has launched its seventh season of their community supported fishery (CSF). The program, which has a weekly pickup location in Peterborough, offers fresh fish caught off the Gulf of Maine. Courtesy photo—

  • NH Community Seafood has launched its seventh season of their community supported fishery (CSF). The program, which has a weekly pickup location in Peterborough, offers fresh fish caught off the Gulf of Maine. Courtesy photo—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 4/22/2019 9:24:19 PM

New Hampshire Community Seafood is entering its seventh season of providing fresh, locally-sourced seafood to the Granite State. 

With a pick-up location at Four Winds Farm in Peterborough, Monadnock Region residents are able to gain access to some of the freshest seafood through their community supported fishery (CSF) program, which offers a “catch of the week” fish to be picked up every week. 

“This fish was landed within two days of getting to your plate,” said Andrea Tomlinson, manager of NH Community Seafood. “The fish at a grocery store is likely imported over 5,000 miles and previously frozen. We have 100 percent traceability – it’s a fresh, local product. And we are trying to keep the local fishermen afloat, pun intended.”

The community supported fishery program allows people to get half a pound, one pound, or two pounds of fresh fish every week in an eight-, 16-, or 32-week share.

The catch of the week could be Cod, Haddock, Atlantic Pollock, Monkfish, White Hake, Cape Shark, Yellow Flounder, or other Gulf of Maine species, Tomlinson said. 

“It’s almost jumping into you bag. … quality-wise, it’s obvious that it’s fresh,” Tomlinson said. “Flavor-wise, you can really distinguish the different species, which is due to the freshness.”

Tomlinson said she tries to revolve between the different fishermen under the cooperative and the species of fish – the goal is to not repeat a species of fish within a four-week period. 

“We have the greatest variety of ground fish on the whole eastern seaboard,” Tomlinson said. 

If you don’t like the weekly fish offering or are going on a vacation, Tomlinson said, you can hold your weekly order and double up on another week. 

Fish come fileted in a bag. Tomlinson said the filets are kept as large as possible, rather than pre-portioned. 

NH Community Seafood is also offering a biweekly 16- or 32-week shellfish share, which includes Scallops, Oysters, Jonah Crabs, and Chix Lobsters. 

The shellfish share can only be added on to a fish share, Tomlinson said.

Tomlinson said NH Community Shellfish was started to unite local fishermen under a cooperative after the regulations for commercial fishermen changed in 2010. 

Prior to 2010, Tomlinson said fisherman could fish according to the number of days they would spend out at sea, but now fishermen are governed under a catch share system – which gives each fisherman a permit with a quota for different species. 

“It created a new dynamic, and a lot of guys said ‘I’m not doing this,’” Tomlinson said.

NH Community Seafood’s Facebook page said the number of fishing boats in New Hampshire has declined greatly since 1996, when there were at least 70 fishing boats. In 2006, there were about 30 and now there are only 8, according to the post. 

Tomlinson said NH Community Seafood also offers a benefit to those catching the fish, as a 50-cent-per-pound incentive is offered to the fishermen. 

NH Community Seafood also offers a restaurant supported fishery program, where restaurants can purchase whole or fileted fish at a discounted price. Tomlinson said there is a ten pound minimum order for a week. 

“We offer full traceability. We can tell you where every fish comes from. It’s always fresh, never frozen,” Tomlinson said. 

The community supported fishery kicked off on April 15, but Tomlinson said sign-ups can occur at any point in the season.

Prices for the various fish shares are prorated, with a customer having to sign up by Monday for a pick-up for that week. 

Sign-ups for the community supported fishery and the restaurant supported fishery can be done at www.nhcommunityseafood.com.

NH Community Seafood is one of around 50 community supported fishery programs in the country, and had over 700 sign-ups throughout the state. Tomlinson said they are almost at 400 sign-ups right now, including 21 in Peterborough. 

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertran script.com. 




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