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

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

    1. 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

        >>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

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

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

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          1. re: JMHewer

            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

              >>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

                Yeah, thanks everyone!

              2. re: Sam Salmon

                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

                  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.

            2. 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

                End of June to July, I believe.

                1. re: yen

                  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/ne...

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

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

                  1. re: jay_kay

                    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

                      Where in Chinatown? :)

                      1. re: starlady

                        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

                          Thanks!

                  2. re: yen

                    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...