Encouraging New England to learn about, share, and eat local seafood, Our Wicked Fish, Inc. acknowledges that most of the seafood in New England is imported product and wants to change that. Their goal is to EDUCATE, ENCOURAGE, BUILD and PARTICIPATE.
EDUCATE the community on where to buy local fish, how to cook fish, who serves local fish, which fish are in season and local events.
ENCOURAGE the use of underutilized fish, like Dogfish.
BUILD partnerships with other organizations and fisheries (that’s us!)
PARTICIPATE in seafood sustainability and research.
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is one of New England’s more commonly known fish. A cousin to the cod, haddock’s meat is white, with a slightly sweet taste and a flaky consistency. The flesh is firm and tender and can be cooked in a variety of ways, including in soups
. Migrating seasonally, Haddock
is most abundant in the summer in the waters of the Gulf of Maine. Try baking Haddock with a Ritz cracker topping
or making Haddock Chowder!
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David Goethel began fishing in 1967 as crew on the head boats at Eastman’s Docks in Seabrook. He obtained a license to carry passengers in 1972 and has been captaining boats ever since.
By 1975, David paid his way through Boston University, where he obtained a BA in Biology. In 1983, he became a full-time commercial fisherman.
One winter after college, David tried working an ‘on land’ job, but it was too confining. Fishing is the only occupation that continuously challenges all his physical and mental energy on a day-to-day basis. Fish, as David puts it, “have tails and know how to use them.” As a small dayboat, he fishes for what swims to him, using different nets seasonally. Leaving the dock at 4:30 in the morning, the nets are set out at first light, when the fish are most active. He returns to shore around noon to unload at Yankee Fishermen’s Cooperative.
Being in the industry for so long, David has experienced the challenges of government regulation and the effect it has had on small fishing boats in New Hampshire.
“Fishing has become much more than catching fish. Now you have to catch the right fish, with the right gear, while avoiding other fish. We can only infer the fishes existence. One mistake of catching the wrong fish in the wrong quantity can close you down for the rest of the year.”
At-sea monitors, a relatively new requirement, have become a huge expense to small fishermen; an expense that David believes could negatively impact New Hampshire’s fishing industry. Being a voice for our fishing community, he brought the case to court, hoping to mitigate the expense fishermen are responsible for.
Thank you, David! We are proud to support you.
As a cooperative of fishermen and community members and New Hampshire’s only CSF supporting NH Commercial Fishermen, we pride ourselves on our traceability and transparency. We buy directly from our fishermen, immediately process your fish into fillets, and deliver them to your pick up location.
Over a dozen fishermen belong to New Hampshire Community Seafood, but only 8 are currently fishing. Most are fishing out of Portsmouth, Rye, Hampton and Seabrook, New Hampshire. The majority of our fishermen are “day boat” fishermen, leaving in the early mornings and returning at the end of the day with our catch of the week.
Our fishermen use two main types of fishing gear: sink gillnet and otter trawl. Both gear types are used to catch groundfish. Gillnet gear is a stationary, fixed gear that traps fish as they swim into the net. Trawls are mobile gear that scoop fish up as it passes through schools. Both types of gear are regulated by very strict federal fishery management guidelines that are intended to ensure the sustainability of our fishery resources and our environment.
Kendall Young, the assistant manager of NH Community Seafood, has been packing and delivering our CSF shares since April 2017. As a recent graduate of The University of New Hampshire’s Marine, Estuarine and Freshwater Biology Program, maintaining a sustainable fishing community is important to her. Monday through Saturday, starting as early as 6:00 AM, Kendall picks up the van and heads over to pack the coolers:
Kendall packing up the van with NH Fish
Once each CSF share is accounted for, it’s time to deliver to our 23 different pick-up locations across New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts. Thank you, Kendall!
Kendall Young delivering CSF shares to Emery Farm in Durham, New Hampshire