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BC Spotted Prawn Season-When?

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gourmet wife Apr 30, 2008 11:04 AM

Does anyone know when the spotted prawn season begins? I think it's May but I could be wrong.

Thanks

  1. fmed Apr 30, 2008 11:42 AM

    Should be real soon. It started May 5th last year.

    1. i
      islandgirl Apr 30, 2008 12:38 PM

      Any restaurants in Vancouver doing a Spot-Prawn menu?
      I know West did one last year and I've heard rumors about Senova (which is running a Halibut menu right now)

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      1. re: islandgirl
        fmed May 5, 2008 07:30 AM

        >>Any restaurants in Vancouver doing a Spot-Prawn menu?
        Boneta has Grilled Spotted Prawns right now. Prima Taste also has them I hear. Neither are doing a full-on Spotted Prawn menu, though.

        1. re: islandgirl
          fmed May 6, 2008 08:38 PM

          I just read on Urban Diner that C, Raincity Grill and Nu are doing a Spot Prawn Menu.

        2. j
          JMHewer Apr 30, 2008 03:03 PM

          I know Granville Island is doing a spotted prawn festival this weekend

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          1. re: JMHewer
            Sam Salmon Apr 30, 2008 03:41 PM

            Commercial season for Spot Prawns opens tomorrow May 1st @ noon-expect to see live Prawns on sale @ Fisherman's Wharf next to Granville Island tomorrow around supper time if all goes well-this from a fisherman I spoke to yesterday on the dock.

            Myself I'm waiting to see T&T put them on sale-their sale price last year for live Spot Prawns was less than half of what they sell for @ Fisherman's Wharf and anywhere in Chinatown is 40% less.

            Same product from the same places.

            1. re: Sam Salmon
              fmed Apr 30, 2008 03:59 PM

              >>Myself I'm waiting to see T&T put them on sale-their sale price last year for live Spot Prawns was less than half of what they sell for @ Fisherman's Wharf and anywhere in Chinatown is 40% less.

              >> Same product from the same places.

              I'm so there.

              1. re: fmed
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                gourmet wife May 1, 2008 09:50 AM

                Yeah, thanks everyone!

              2. re: Sam Salmon
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                im_hungry May 2, 2008 02:43 PM

                Was at Granville Island and T&T yesterday. When I was at the Lobster Man at GI, they were still waiting for their prawns to come in, but the girl told me that they'd be selling for $12.99/lb. Bought 2 lbs at T&T yesterday night for $10.99/lb!

                1. re: im_hungry
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                  gourmet wife May 5, 2008 12:31 PM

                  I saw them yesterday (Sun, May 4th) at T& T for $7.99/lb. I think with T&T, the pricing varies depending on the day you go, at least what I've observed.

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              yen May 5, 2008 08:04 AM

              Out of curiosity, does anyone know how long the spot-prawn season is? A few weeks? A month?

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              1. re: yen
                fmed May 5, 2008 08:13 AM

                End of June to July, I believe.

                1. re: yen
                  jay_kay May 5, 2008 08:18 AM

                  I read an article about the festival here in Vancouver in the paper a short while back, found it online again, Mentions what I'm interpreting as a 58 day season.

                  http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=c78c2b5e-6a2c-4d2a-b768-1bf810dac896

                  Some other mention in another thread that makes it sound longer though.

                  http://www.chowhound.com/topics/46201

                  1. re: jay_kay
                    Sam Salmon May 5, 2008 03:29 PM

                    Just back from Chinatown-$7.99/lb for some real beauties.

                    Thinking of a head of Purple Mexican Garlic chopped fine sauted in EVOO, a splash of Ehrenfelser, some Thai Sweet Chili Sauce and Lemon, of course fresh Purple Basil & Black Pepper to finish-served over Coconut laced Basmati Rice.

                    1. re: Sam Salmon
                      starlady May 5, 2008 04:59 PM

                      Where in Chinatown? :)

                      1. re: starlady
                        Sam Salmon May 5, 2008 08:11 PM

                        Don't even know the name of the place-west side of Gore near the corner of Pender.

                        There's another one on Pender St itself (south side) which has a voluble friendly woman selling out front-also Gar Lock on E Georgia across from the famous Egg place.

                        1. re: Sam Salmon
                          starlady May 6, 2008 09:44 AM

                          Thanks!

                  2. re: yen
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                    jrichards Feb 4, 2009 08:07 AM

                    Hi Yen,

                    I wrote up a quick article on the BC spotted prawn season to answer your question. Basically it runs from beginning of May until the beginning of July, each year. It is all subject to the fisheries officers biologists reports. They dictate on what day the season opens and closes, but in general it runs from May until July.

                    If you want to read more you can check out the article I put together on the subject at
                    http://eatprawns.com/commercial-fishi...

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