Spot Prawns are first recognized by their large size and distinctive coloring, but it is the taste that sets them apart from other shrimp. Called a ‘poor man’s lobster’, many actually prefer the meat of the Spot Prawn. They are highly perishable and should be eaten as soon as possible once obtained. They can be grilled, boiled, steamed or eaten raw.
- Spot prawns start out life as males and then become female by their third year. They normally mate once as males and twice as females.
- Spot prawns are abundant, and are well-managed by limited entry fishing permits allowing only live-trapping methods. The harvesting results in very little bycatch in contrast to the large invasive trawl nets used to harvest these shrimp in the Pacific Northwest.