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    The Culinary and Ecological Controversy that is Carp

    Depending on who you talk to, carp is either an important source of seafood today and especially in the future or else it’s an invasive, foul-tasting species that is crowding out superior fish. Or both. Carp is one of the most commonly eaten fish worldwide. It’s also native to Asia and didn’t come to Europe till the 13th Century and not until North America until the late 19th Century. It will eat the eggs of native, better-tasting (according to many) fish.   In contrast to walleye, tilapia, and other dry flaky fish, carp is an oily fish, even more so than salmon and trout. It also has a reputation for…

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    Step-by-Step Instructions for How to Clean a Fish

    How to Kill the Fish If the fish is in a live well, there are a few different methods you can use to kill the fish….from bashing their head in….to making an incision in which they bleed out….to stunning them in a “humane” way. Bleeding the fish is recommended for the best-tasting results, and while you can still get much of the blood out immediately after killing the fish, it can be easier and cleaner to let live fish bleed themselves out.   This may be especially important for fish that are caught after a long struggle in which stress hormones have been coursing through their body. On the flip…

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    How to Create a Fish Cleaning Station

    For the uninitiated, it’s easy to focus on the gross factor for cleaning and gutting a fish. And no doubt, it can be an incredibly messy process, but once you get past any initial apprehension, you’ll quickly understand it comes to down preparation and learning relatively simple step-by-step instructions.   I’ve only cleaned fish on a few occasions. It’s not my favorite thing, but I’m not so squeamish that I can’t do it. And unless you’re extremely squeamish, the gross factor can be managed. A lot of it comes down to good preparation. For hygiene, for grossness, for efficiency, and even for taste, having a plan and the necessary supplies…

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    Ice Fishing Safety Tips

    Ice fishing is one of those things in which, so long as you follow as the recommended safety precautions, you shouldn’t be unduly afraid. But it’s also true that you can never eliminate the danger entirely. What dangers are we talking about? Like any activity that involves leaving the house, you have to get to and from the ice fishing spot. Hypothermia is another danger and not just from falling through the ice. Especially young children and the elderly can be susceptible to the sneakier, more insidious kind of hypothermia that can set in gradually even without getting wet.   Nevertheless, one of the tangible, ever-present dangers inherent to ice…

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    What Does Community Seafood and Lake-to-Table Look Like in 2018?

    Local fishermen and small-scale fishing operations have seen plenty of ups and downs over the years, but also just different strategies for bringing their product to market. For a while local farmers’ markets were giving way to Community Seafood collectives, but that trend seems to have reversed itself, or at least stabilized. This 2015 article from the National Resource Defense Council discusses some of these trends in greater detail and, for the most part, still holds true today.   Local Trends and Featured Organizations With this in mind, there are plenty of CSFs around the country. New Hampshire has one of the largest in the country. Ocean to Table in…

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    Ice Fishing Tips for All Skill Levels and Conditions

    Ice fishing is a little different, we admit, but there are things to love. One is surely the feat of the thing. To do it because it can be done, but also because there’s a distinctly primal connection to trekking up to a frozen lake, drilling a hole in the ice, and dropping a baited fishing line to catch a healthy, delicious meal in freezing temperatures. There’s an act of ingenuity and elbow grease—or motorized power—in the form of some type of ice auger. There’s the stark beauty of the surrounding landscape, and there’s the calm patience of waiting for a fish to take the bait.   Getting Interested: Not…