Commercial prawn season opens in Powell River B.C.

Commercial prawn fishers will be heading out to sea on Thursday, May 11, when the annual fishery opens. For the fishers, it is an expensive entry, hard work during the short season, and sometimes lucrative. Few prawn fishers will actually divulge the size of the catch and the association representing them does not have the answer. “It must be somewhat profitable because licensed fishers continue to do it and there is significant interest in the industry,” said Pacific Prawn Fisherman’s Association executive director Steven Richards. “To become a commercially licensed prawn fisher, you need to purchase a commercial prawn licence, which is a commodity traded and available on the open market through brokers.” A total of 247 prawn boats are licensed in the province, 59 of which are first nations. click here to read the story 12:00