Friday, December 3, 2010

Dine on a winter delicacy: winter shrimp season is approaching

Starting soon and lasting all winter, Seacoast residents can enjoy an abundance of fresh northern shrimp, a sustainable local resource, and help support the N.H. commercial fishing industry.

Northern shrimp caught in the Gulf of Maine provide fishermen with an alternative to groundfish during the winter months when offshore fishing is more dangerous. Northern shrimp move in close to shore during cold weather, allowing fishermen to stay in safer waters, conserve fuel and save their days-at-sea for groundfishing in better weather conditions.

A growing interest in fresh, local seafood has brought about community supported fishery (CSF) initiatives to the Seacoast and the N.H. Fresh and Local seafood brand. Modeled after community supported agriculture, a CSF is a shore-side community of people collaborating with local fishermen to buy fish or seafood directly for a predetermined length of time. CSF shareholders give the fishermen financial support and then receive a weekly share of seafood caught during the season.

Individuals can join an eight-week shrimp CSF through the Yankee Fisherman's Cooperative. Shareholders will receive five or 10 pounds of fresh shrimp per week (Jan. 9 - Feb. 27) and may choose from several pick-up locations. For more information and to sign up, please visit

In addition, local fresh fish markets and winter farmer's markets near the Seacoast will offer Gulf of Maine shrimp. Organizations such as Seacoast Eat Local offer information about eating locally grown and harvested food at To ensure that the shrimp is part of the N.H. Fresh and Local brand, please visit for a list of participating businesses.

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