Northern shrimp (Pandalus borealis) is available fresh only while in season, and when it’s here we freeze enough to supply us for the coming year. We buy it directly from the F/V Rimrack based at Rye Harbor, one of New Hampshire’s few remaining working waterfronts. By the time the Rimrack comes in from a day of shrimping, it’s after 5 p.m. and dark out, with temperatures hovering around freezing. The boat has just docked and large totes filled with shrimp are waiting to be unloaded (lower righthand corner).
Customers have driven in from all distances to pick up a supply. The shrimp is weighed out for smaller orders, or portioned out by the five gallon bucketful.
The rest of the shrimp is unloaded and goes to the Yankee Fisherman’s Cooperative, with each tote holding about 100 pounds of shrimp.
This five gallon bucket holds about 28 pounds of shrimp, and yielded 12 pounds after peeling. While the season lasts, northern shrimp is available direct off the boat through the F/V Rimrack in Rye Harbor, and Eastman’s in Seabrook; call ahead to confirm landing times and availability.