B.C. spot prawn industry nets new markets close to home

For forty years, Guy Johnston has worked six-week stints on his fishing boat without a break harvesting spot prawns on the central coast of British Columbia. Johnston said he still likes fishing the red crustaceans, found only in West Coast waters, after all these years. Johnston lives in Cowichan Bay and, like many prawn fishers in the area, saw the international demand for his catch decline due to COVID-19. “The price dropped by over 50 per cent,,, However, along with the disappointment, Johnston also saw hope: Fishers pivoting to sell in local markets. >click to read< 08:20

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