On March 29th, 2018, the DFO published a fishery notice regarding a 2018 regulation for the sports fishing of prawns as of April 1st, 2018.
The bottom line of the notice is that if you catch egg-bearing female prawns, you must release them. About half-way through the course of their 4-year lifecycle, prawns change from male to female. It’s pretty easy to see the eggs (roe), they are small round reddish balls attached to the underside of the prawn. While some may think this roe a delicacy, or a best used as garnish or presentation, it’s much better we support future stocks.
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This is the story of a brave Catalina 27' who drifted into our lives. We immediately fell in love. Announcing the Williwaw. She has officially joined our family and we couldn't be happier.
I had heard of this boat through dear new friends, and that she needed a new home. The owners were choosing another adventure, and this time, it was taking them inland, not out to sea. I spoke to my husband and the kids about it the possibility of a new boat. I'm sure the last thing my family was thinking was that I needed another "stray" to attend to.
#Vancouvertakeout is amazing. It's abundant. It's free. It's delicious! Dungeness and Red Rock crab are honestly my very favourite food there is. So easy to prepare, though not for the faint of heart since some "dispatching" does need to be done. More about that, in another post. : (
In this post, however, I will save you time, trouble and many evenings of sore fingers with the ultimate technique to easily get the most meat out of your next plate of crab.
My Fane and I have seen many seas together, but it's always more fun with my children. Learning about safety at sea has been paramount in their lives. Rules of the road. Docking manoeuvers. Piloting a course. Port, starboard, fore and aft, bow to stern. How to tie knots. Identify dangers, and handle the seas safely. All of it has been covered, little by little, here and there on each of our trips out on our quaint 1946 Fane.
But where does a parent start? What if you have no sea experience? Growing up the way I did, it takes me a significant shift to consider these questions. What would I start?
Red Rock Crabs and Dungeness Crab are both native to the westcoast of BC. They are both found on our shores, most anywhere you could find yourself. Each is a treat.
In the photo above, we were lucky enough to be in a spot where we caught Red Rocks the same size as Dungeness! It was last summer and we couldn't believe our eyes. The claws on the Red Rock were the size of lobster claws we could buy in the city.
It was a rare find and one I would be surprised for us to catch again. So, given the two varieties and how rare a large Red Rock is, how to choose which crab to "invite" to dinner?
These beauties were introduced to me several years ago and I've been hooked ever since! Shaggy Mane Mushrooms are plentiful in the Autumn, about October but also in early Spring. They are fickle. They don't grow just anywhere but when you find one, you can find ten.
But how do I do it? What to look for? How good are they, really?
This place is incredible. My beloved Indian Arm. It's a salt-water fjord that extends about 20 km north from Burrard Inlet. It is an amazing place. It provides you the chance to feel a million miles away, in a deserted ocean paradise, yet only ten minutes from town.
Seriously... BC Spot Prawns, these little pink beauties are nothing short of incredible.
I'm a massive seafood lover, despite my eldest daughter being completely revolted by the passion I feel for my version of #VancouverTakeOut. I'm hoping one day, I can convince her with these lovelies.
Seems like every day there are more headlines about shrimp or prawns from other countries, being pumped up, feeding on feces, or our western silent collusion in destroying habitats due to our voracious hunger for these yummy creatures. Making BC Spot Prawns our staple prawn all year round is my goal for this year's cruising.
The ocean is my greatest teacher. I remember being out on the tugs with my Dad, when I was just a little girl. Watching the waves come up against us. I was so small, and a bit freaked out by the randomness of which waves would crash against us. Which ones would come next? Where was it coming from? How big would it be? Would we be ready?
I'll never forget my Dad telling explaining the waves to me that day.
HI, I'M KATE
A Captain's daughter, who became a Captain's wife, but remain always, a mermaid out of water looking to get straight back to the sea, whenever possible.
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