Pacific Prawn Fishermen's Association

Pacific Prawn Fishermen's Association

The Pacific Prawn Fishermen's Association (PPFA) is a non-profit association formed in 2000 to represent the 250 British Columbia prawn by trap licence holders in managing and marketing the fishery

The PPFA members are actively involved in managing and promoting their fishery with funding provided from annual membership fees paid by each license holder.

The goals of the society are to:

  • Promote the welfare and defend the interests of B.C. prawn fishermen

  • Provide official representation of and for B.C. prawn fishermen in dealings with federal and provincial government departments, boards and agencies;

  • Provide official representation of and for B.C. prawn fishermen in dealings with other organizations in the fishing industry;

  • Explore and develop programs and policies for the protection and conservation of the pacific prawn fishery both independently and in conjunction with federal and provincial government departments, boards and agencies;

  • Make recommendations to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and other federal and provincial government officials regarding the B.C. prawn industry;

  • Promote legislation, regulations and government policies which may benefit B.C. prawn fishermen and the pacific prawn fishery, generally, and to oppose such legislation, regulations and policies which may be detrimental to B.C. prawn fishermen and to the pacific prawn fishery, generally.

The PPFA is governed by a Board of Directors, elected from the membership once every 3 years. The Board meets periodically and provides policy guidance and operational direction on issues impacting the industry.

Our focus has always been on the continuing sustainability of the BC prawn fishery. We do this in a number of ways but by working collaboratively with partners and funding science and enforcement programs, we work towards ensuring a healthy fishery for tomorrow.

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Marketing BC Prawns

The PPFA is currently developing a marketing strategy to further promote our product to domestic and international markets.

Up until 2005, B.C. spot prawns were exported almost exclusively to Japan. In 2006 Steve Johansen of Organic Ocean teamed up with Chef Robert Clark to create the first B.C. Spot Prawn Festival as a way to keep B.C. spot prawns local. Since then, spot prawns have become a beloved local, seasonal food in Vancouver, and the annual Vancouver Spot Prawn Festival, organized by the Chef's Table Society, and sponsored by the Pacific Prawn Fishermen’s Association along with individual prawn fishermen, has grown into one of the hottest tickets on the Vancouver festival scene.