Archive for the ‘seafood’ Category

NH Fresh & Local Seafood Dinner Cruise, June 27

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

nhs-red-draft-rgb_002.jpgEnjoy a dinner cruise aboard the Isles of Shoals Steamship, featuring locally caught seafood, Monday June 27th:

 

NH Fresh & Local Seafood Dinner Cruise

Isles of Shoals Steamship, Portsmouth, NH

Monday, June 27, 2011

6 – 8 p.m.

 

This is a joint event hosted by NH Sea Grant as part of the “Reconciling Spatial Scales and Stock Structures” workshop to discuss the management of our fisheries, and a sustainable seafood program event highlighting seafood caught by our NH Commercial Fishing Industry.

 

Enjoy locally caught seafood prepared by the Blue Mermaid, Portsmouth, NH (NH Fresh and Local Brand partner) while participating in a poster session which will highlight fisheries research conducted in the Northeast. For menu >

 

Tickets are only $25 per person. To purchase cruise tickets online >

 

For more information: http://extension.unh.edu/GISGPS/NHSeafoodCruise_000.htm

Fisheries Roundtable: Roadside Marketing for Fishermen in the Digital Age, June 13

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Next in a public discussion series hosted by New Hampshire Sea Grant and Northeast Consortium:

Fisheries Roundtable: Roadside Marketing for Fishermen in the Digital Age

Portsmouth Public Library, 175 Parrott Ave., Portsmouth, NH

Monday, June 13, 2011

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

 

Speaker: Shane Bradt, University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension

 

Do you wonder how your fishing business or organization could better connect to customers using digital technology? Join us for a facilitated discussion about opportunities to better market your product, followed by a hands-on workshop. Computers and training will be provided, so that you can leave with some of the leg-work done!

 

• Get your business info in numerous databases and maps used by online, GPS and smartphone mapping applications.

 

• Develop the skills to maintain and update your listing in the most important mapping databases.

 

• Increase your understanding of the new marketing opportunities offered by GPS and smartphones.

 

The Portsmouth Public Library is handicap accessible. Light refreshments will be served.

 

For more information contact: Rachel Feeney, Northeast Consortium, 603-862-2276 or rachel.feeney@unh.edu; Ken La Valley, NH Sea Grant and UNH Cooperative Extension, 603-862-4343 or ken.lavalley@unh.edu

 

For flyer: http://www.northeastconsortium.org/docs/2011/Fisheries%20Roundtable%206_11.pdf

Future of local shellfish threatened by funding cuts

Monday, April 18th, 2011

bilde-1.jpegDue to recently approved spending cuts, New Hampshire’s Shellfish Program is targeted for elimination. The loss of this program would have a significant impact on both commercial and recreational harvesters, stopping all harvesting of clams, oysters and mussels within the state. From Foster’s:

 

State budget could present slippery slope for local shellfish harvesters

 

After four years of harvesting oysters in Little Bay, Will Carey may have to close shop due to state funding cuts for water testing.

 

The 32-year-old shellfisherman is finally at the point where he can pay back some of the $150,000 of debt he has accumulated from starting Little Bay Oyster Co.

 

“It’s not a huge business in New Hampshire, but the potential could be huge,” he said, adding he has heard some interest from others in the area.

 

However, the future of Carey’s business, and others, is pending on a $302,000 spending cut in the current $10.2 billion budget the House recently approved. Environmental Services Commissioner Tom Burack said his department is looking at future funding cuts and the shellfish program was targeted.

 

Burack said his department will be presenting its case to keep its funding on Monday, April 25, at 1 p.m. in Concord. They will be laying out what impacts the state will see if such a program was eliminated.

 

Aquaculturists wouldn’t be able to harvest their products and any commercial or recreational harvesting will be halted.

 

“Other states would also risk their products if they were to import from New Hampshire,” Burack said.

 

The program could close on July 1 when the state budget would be voted in, unless Gov. John Lynch makes a veto.

 

“We don’t know with certainty what would happen,” he said. “The budget reduction would be effective that day, or shortly after the actions could be taken. But it is possible the budget decision will be clear enough that actions would be taken sooner than that time.”

 

For growers like Carey, their operations could be stopped with little notice. He has been growing oysters, with some help from his wife, on 1.5 acres of land near Fox Point in Newington. He applied for another 1.5 acres and was hoping to double the size of his farm.

 

In the last year, he sold about 24,000 oysters and is hoping to sell about 100,000 to wholesalers and local businesses. This year, he was hoping to pay back loans with profits.

 

Without the program, the waters won’t be tested and commercial and recreational harvesters will have to cease operations. Read more

 

For more information about the Shellfish Program at the NH Department of Environmental Services: http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/wmb/shellfish/index.htm

 

Contact your New Hampshire state senator to restore the Shellfish Program: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/senate/senatemembers.asp

Scallops Fresh Off the Boat at Rye Harbor

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

From the F/V Rimrack based in Rye Harbor, NH — fresh scallops available this week, get on their email list for alerts:

 

4/12/11: Looks like Tuesday & Thursday will be the only days to get out this week, but as always, things can change in the fishing business. Landing times have been around 6:30 – 7pm but be sure to call ahead for confirmation on daily landing times!   603.343.1500

 

Summertime is coming and now is a great time to think about freezing up some scallops. Scallops are available 2 pints/$30 and a special this week 1 gallon/$100

 

Due to a surprising amount of interest we are offering unshucked scallops,  1 bushel/$75 -  Available by order only! Be sure to call ahead 343.1500. You can find scallops knives at New England Marine & Industrial and all sorts of other interesting marine stuff.

 

Please send us an EMAIL if you are interested on being on our alert list (only used minimally for catch changes/seasonal updating :)

 

4/12 Update: The word from Mike and Lee, is the Rimrack will be landing between 6:45 – 7pm tonight at Rye Harbor with plenty of scrumptious & sweet scallops. Mike says to bring your camera, kids and lots of change to load up on scallops for the year before they disappear to wherever they might go. Scallop catches seem to be fading, but we definitely plan to go Thursday and hopefully one day this weekend.

 

For more information: www.rimrackfish.com

Fisherman’s Coop to Expand Access to Local Seafood in NH

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

deckhand-187×254.jpgYankee Fisherman’s Cooperative has announced plans to open a processing plant in Seabrook, which will enable them to offer lobster and fresh fish directly to the consumer. From WMUR:

 

Seabrook Fishermen to Offer Consumer-Direct Lobster, Fish

 

A fishermen’s cooperative is planning to offer lobster and fresh fish directly to the consumer. The Yankee Fisherman’s Cooperative is made up of 61 local commercial fishermen. The group plans to sell whole shares — about 10 pounds of fresh-caught seafood each week — or half shares — about 5 pounds each week.

 

The cooperative said the goal is to help independent fishermen survive at a time when changes to fishing regulations are being made by the federal government. ”The new catch system that went into effect has cut the boats and the coop’s income on ground fish by 40 to 50 percent,” said cooperative member Bob Campbell.

 

The consumer-direct plan is to bring fresh fish and lobster to two pick-up points: the cooperative headquarters on Route 1A in Seabrook and a second location in Durham that’s still yet to be chosen. The cooperative also wants to build its own processing plant in Seabrook, rather than shipping its catch to Maine, Massachusetts, New York or Canada. ”There’s not a processing plant in New Hampshire that processes locally caught seafood and fish, and we want to be the one to do that,” Campbell said.

 

To read more and for accompanying video >

 

Also: “Yankee Fisherman’s Cooperative plans to offer fresh fillets

 

Yankee Fisherman’s Cooperative will be offering shares in their Community Supported Fishery (CSF) Program, with 8-week shares to begin in July and run through August. For more information: www.yankeefish.com.

 

Eastman’s Fish is also offering a Summer CSF program, with shares to begin mid-June and run for 6 weeks. Registration is now open, with choice of share size and multiple pick-up locations available. For more information: www.eastmansfish.com.

Last Chance for Shrimp this Year!

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

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The northern shrimp season ends Monday, February 28th — not much time left to stock up for the year! Here’s the latest on availability from the F/V Rimrack, with a brilliant idea for freezing them unpeeled!

 

Unexpected last tow today

Looks like the unexpected happened today as the last tow brought up some great shrimp! We’re headed out to the same spot tomorrow morning. Give a call (603.343.1500) after 12pm to get updated info on shrimp quality for tomorrow’s landing (probably around 4:30pm — but call for confirmation!).

 

After a terrific season, these shrimp are moving more offshore now mixing with the younger, smaller ones making the peeling more of a challenge. Let’s hope for another chance to grab some big ones before Monday. We’ll post with news tomorrow as soon as we hear from Mike!!

 

BTW, due to the overwhelming success of the 5 gal/$40 bucket option, we’ll definitely be offering this option next year.

 

Check out my individually frozen headed-shrimp. I pile them in zip-lock bags and can easily take out what I want as needed. You just have to deal with taking the shell off later.

 

Thursday morning update9am — Good news! Our first tow today brought up a great run of shrimp. We plan to be at the dock tonight at Rye Harbor at 4:45pm.

 

For more information, visit www.rimrackfish.com. Also, weather permitting, the Yankee Fishermen’s Coop will have shrimp in 5 and 10 lb. bags for sale at the Winter Farmers’ Market in Rollinsford this Saturday, February 26.

Shrimp Season Closure Set for February 28th

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

The northern shrimp season is coming to an end sooner than the projected date in April — from the F/V Rimrack in Rye, NH:

 

Season Closure Date set at February 28th

 

ASMFC has set the Shrimp season closure on February 28th (midnight).  That gives everyone 1 more week to get your shrimp for the year! Tomorrow will be a day off due to wind.

 

For more information regarding availability and buying directly off the boat, call 603-343-1500 or visit www.rimrackfish.com.

 

Also: “New England shrimp season coming to an early end“.

Shrimp Season Closing Update

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

64d93d666355a43c4a86679a030d35b6_m.jpgThis year’s successful shrimp season may result in its closure before the scheduled end date in April. Here’s the latest update from the F/V Rimrack in Rye:

 

After a ASMFC meeting today, a public hearing on Friday will be held to act on options for shrimp fisheries closing date. At this time, a  best guesstimate would  give us closure dates of Feb 20th (at the earliest) to Feb 28th. Sometime between Feb 23rd – 28th seems  more likely dates and we will post as news develops. In the meantime, current landing quality is perfect to peel and freeze for your year’s supply!

 

If you plan to get shrimp, especially for your year’s supply, the F/V Rimrack is offering shrimp right off the boat at Rye Harbor. They now have 5 gallon buckets for $40, sized for families and newcomers; larger quantities also available. Please call ahead for landing times and availability: 603-343-1500 or visit www.rimrackfish.com.

UNH Partners with State’s Fishing Industry

Friday, February 11th, 2011

This video from the UNH Cooperative Extension features interviews with Yankee Fisherman’s Cooperative, Carolyn Eastman of Eastman’s Fish, and savvy consumers at the Winter Farmers’ Market in Exeter!

 

The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension is collaborating with the state’s fishing industry to support sustainable, local food. The University’s work with the Yankee Fisherman’s Cooperative is a mutually beneficial collaboration between UNH faculty and New Hampshire’s fishermen and businesses that has a positive impact on consumers. This is just one example of how University of New Hampshire partnerships make a real difference. 

 The University of New Hampshire Partners with the State’s Fishing Industry from UNH Video on Vimeo.

Note: The F/V Rimrack in Rye reports that the shrimp season may close as soon as soon as February 17th, earlier than anticipated. If you plan to get shrimp, especially for your year’s supply, the next week may be your last chance. The F/V Rimrack offers shrimp right off the boat, quantities of 5 gallon buckets for $40 or larger; call ahead for landing times and availability: 603-343-1500. Also, Yankee Fisherman’s Coop will be at the Winter Farmers’ Market in Exeter this Saturday, February 12th. If the shrimp season does close next Thursday, this will be the last chance to get shrimp at the Winter Farmers’ Market.

Stories of the Portsmouth Fishing Industry

Monday, January 10th, 2011

image_hneproject.jpegHistoric New England has made available online stories of the fishing industry in Portsmouth. This collection of oral histories includes interviews with Erik Anderson, lobsterman; Jay Driscoll, fisherman; Evelyn Marconi, proprietor of Geno’s Coffee Shop; and Geno Marconi, lobsterman. Learn more about this rapidly disappearing community: 

 

As part of our 100 Years, 100 Communities initiative, Historic New England presents stories of the commercial fishing industry in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

 

With increasing federal restrictions on commercial fishing, and as Portsmouth becomes a city of second homes and condominiums, fishing families are no longer able to make a living in the once productive port, so there is little incentive for young fishermen to begin careers in the industry. Unlike fishing communities in Maine and Massachusetts, Portsmouth fishermen are not part of an ethnic group that preserves their tradition, and as a result the twentieth-century history of seacoast fishing in this area is fading away.

 

Historic New England has collected oral histories and images from the practitioners of this threatened industry. Highlights of the project will be displayed at the Discover Portsmouth Center. You can hear a selection of stories and read transcripts online.