Carolyn Eastman - Seabrook, New Hampshire

Mom, Educator, Fish Lady

Carolyn started New Hampshire’s first Community Supported Fishery, Eastman’s Local Catch. She and her husband Ed, own a commercial boat and a fish market in Seabrook, NH. She sits on the NH Sector Board of Directors.

Carolyn has been an educator for the past 15 years. She has operated an educational consulting business working with various state departments of education to assist teachers to align to state standards using data.  Her work has taken her to Ohio, Vermont, Illinois, Wisconsin.

When Carolyn and Ed first purchased their boat, she questioned the status quo of how fishermen landed their fish. She did some research and decided to try out harvesting, filleting, and distributing their own catch.  She created a fish market with a processing area in the back, started the CSF, and purchased a used truck to distribute their catch to many locations on the NH seacoast.

Starting the second week of June 2010, you can be a shareholder in the harvest from our boat. We harvest and fillet our own fish. For six weeks you will receive the catch of the day with a recipe and lemon. You would be able to pick up your New Roots CSA Share and your Eastman’s Local Catch Share at the same time – fresh veggies and fish at the same time - How Divine!

Share sizes range from 1 pound-4 pounds filleted each week, to whole fish as well.  Your weekly share could consist of Haddock, Cod, Flounder, Monk Fish, Ocean Perch, Hake, or Pollock.

This will be their second season and she and her husband are excited about the growth they have seen in buying seafood directly off the boat. She hopes to assist other fishermen in gaining access and opportunities in this business model. This has been a rewarding journey.