It’s the season for many things – vacation planning, whale-watching, and great summer cuisine. It’s also fishing season for B.C. spot prawns (Pandalus platyceros) – a delicious, sustainable seafood option that is available off the Western coast of British Columbia.
Spot prawns are a large cold-water species harvested sustainably using traps, which mean that there are low levels of bycatch (other animals caught in the process of prawn trapping). They grow quickly and are short-lived with high reproduction levels, which make them resilient to fishing pressure. Stocks of B.C. spot prawns are considered healthy and abundant.
Prawns are the most consumed seafood option in North America, but not all species of prawns are considered sustainable. B.C. spot prawns are one of few sustainable prawn options. Approximately 70 per cent of harvested B.C. spot prawns are exported to Japan for the sushi industry. But for Canadians, it makes a lot of sense to choose this delicious option that is readily available to us right here at home.
Spot prawn fishing season opened in early May, and will continue on through mid-to-late June. This very short season is the ideal time to enjoy them fresh either at one of the Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise partner restaurants or at a local Ocean Wise market. Some of our Ocean Wise B.C. seafood suppliers – such as Organic Ocean – offer B.C. spot prawns directly to consumers at places such as False Creek Fisherman’s Wharf. You can view a list of a few of our other partners with spot prawn features available this season.
Choosing B.C. spot prawns is one easy, tasty way you can make an ocean-friendly choice for what goes on your plate. The Ocean Wise symbol next to a seafood item is the Vancouver Aquarium’s assurance of an ocean-friendly seafood choice. With over 450 Ocean Wise partners across Canada, Ocean Wise makes it easy for you to make sustainable seafood choices that ensure the health of our oceans for generations to come. Learn more about Ocean Wise here.