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Spotting Sustainability

Jackie Marks/Marine Photobank
Jackie Marks/Marine Photobank

While in Vancouver for the 2011 Seafood Summit, I had the unique opportunity to join fishermen Steve Johanson and Frank Keitsch aboard the Organic Ocean spot prawn fishing boat for a two-hour excursion to experience the fishery firsthand. By collecting the prawns with traps rather than nets, this British Columbian spot prawn fishery has lower impact on the seabed, takes virtually no unintended catch so has fewer discards, making it more sustainable. As the spot prawns are collected, they are placed live in an on-board tank, which utilizes a computerized chilling system to circulate sea water drawn from the ocean floor. Within hours of being trapped, the day’s catch is offloaded into a waiting delivery truck that transports the live spot prawns to restaurants that will serve them that evening. Customers across the continent receive next-day delivery of live spot prawns and fresh spot prawn tails that are flown overnight from Vancouver International Airport.