Spot Prawns on the Sunshine Coast of BC is the web home of BC Spot Prawns.  Our modern vessel the ‘Gulf Rascal’ fishes sustainable spot prawns, Pandalus platyceros,  in the cold, clean waters of Jervis Inlet north of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Our wild spot prawns are trap caught and delivered live to Pender Harbour on the Sunshine Coast.  We take pride in offering wild and sustainable spot prawns directly from the boat to the public.  Look for the ‘Gulf Rascal‘ at the Govt Dock in Madeira Park.

We offer live prawns and fresh tails in season and #1 quality, sharp frozen tails through the year.

We also offer fresh and frozen octopus.

Gulf Rascal - Prawn Boat

Gulf Rascal in Madeira Park

According to the SeaChoice organization (a watch dog group concerned with the health of our fisheries and oceans):

Wild, trap-caught, B.C. spot prawns are a SeaChoice “Best Choice” option based on the five sustainability criteria used for our fisheries assessments: inherent vulnerability to fishing pressure; status of wild stocks; nature and extent of discarded by catch; effect of fishing practices on habitats and ecosystems; and effectiveness of the management regime.

There are seven commercial species of shrimp found in Canada’s west coast waters. All cold water shrimp are fast-growing, short-lived, and have a high reproductive capacity, making these species less vulnerable to fishing pressure.

Spot prawn fishermen along the B.C. coast use baited traps on long lines attached to buoys. The amount of other species that inadvertently end up in these prawn traps as by-catch is relatively low. This gear type is also associated with a relatively low amount of habitat damage.

Our BC Spot Prawn Fishery is recognized and endorsed as a ‘green’ and recommended fishery by:

Are you aware of what you might be eating with imported prawns?   Yes , they are cheap but at what price comes cheap!  Read the postings in Farmed Prawns the Dark Side