Traceable Species

Spot Prawn


Spot shrimp, Amaebi (sushi)

Spot Prawn

Spot prawns are the largest commercially harvested shrimp in British Columbia and Alaska. Females can be bigger than 9 inches (23 cm). They have a distinctive reddish brown colour and white spots on their tail and striped legs. They live in rocky seafloor habitat and are hermaphrodites: after two years the males change gender becoming females.

Turning bright pink when cooked, spot prawns are prized for their distinctive sweet flavour and firm texture. They are considered nature’s “fast food’: cooking only takes one to two minutes or you can eat them raw, a popular dish in Japan.

Spot Prawn

Spot prawns usually live for about four years, starting their lives as males and maturing at one year of age. They grow quickly in their first two years, and then transform into females in their final year of life. Once in the female form, energy previously used for growth is now directed to reproduction. Females carry between 2,000 and 4,000 eggs for about five months. Their larvae hatch in March and April about 70 to 90 metres below surface. In summer, the larvae settle in shallower waters. As they age, they move back to deeper adult habitat, preferring to live in rocky crevices and under boulders. 

Food Info Spot Prawn


TASTING NOTES

  • Appearance: Reddish brown when fresh, but bright pink when cooked.
  • Texture/Body: Firm texture.
  • Flavour: A delicate, clean flavour with a prominent sweetness.
  • Perfect serve: One of the few shrimps you can eat raw because they are so fresh, spot prawns are ideal prepared as ceviche – marinated raw in a light citrus sauce. If you prefer your prawns cooked, be careful of overcooking them, as this will toughen the meat. They require only one to two minutes cooking time and are done when they just turn pink. 
HOW TO CHOOSE A QUALITY SPOT PRAWN
Species Range
Spot Prawn range Source: Fishbase.org
COMMON NAMES
Spot shrimp
Amaebi (sushi)
FISHERY OPENINGS
Spot Prawn by Trap May 05 - --
These crabs mate at the time of maturity, which is approximately 3 years of age. Females are smaller than males; this is because the development of reproductive tissues required more energy for females, leaving less energy available for continued body growth. They grow through a process known as molting—regularly shedding their shell and growing a new, larger one. They continue to molt and grow after they have reached sexual maturity. During the breeding season, the crabs leave their borrows in a phenomenon characterized by mass mate-searching events. Once mating/fertilization has occurred, females spawns in the water. The larvae released during the rainy season develop in offshore waters and return to coastal waters five to eight weeks after larval release.
Mangrove crabs are important fishery resources in all Brazilian coast, mainly in the north and northeast where many fishermen depend upon their catch. In addition to its social and economic importance, the mangrove crab is a “keystone” species in ecosystem, they playing an important role in the processes of nutrient cycling and energy transfer.

Fishing Methods

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Prawn Trap

This fishery uses traps attached to a bottom longline to catch spot prawns. The traps are set from 200 to 300 feet (55 to 90 metres) deep along the ocean’s rocky bottom. The traps attract spot prawns with bait and capture them live.

FISHERIES:

Featured Harvester Bernie Berry

Mangrove Crab Harvester

Canavieiras, Brazil

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