Today we got to go Prawn fishing. Ashley, a UVic Environmental Studies graduate student, works with a local fisherman (named Guy) to collect Prawns for her research every week. She couldn’t make it out this week, and arranged for us to fill in for her. Katrina, Kris (another UVic grad student) and I met Guy at his vessel, the Michelle Rose, in Sidney and spent an hour pulling up prawn traps near DFO’s Institute of Ocean Sciences. Ashley’s research required juvenile Prawns and Guy said that he put the traps in the water just a couple hours earlier because the juveniles enter the traps first; if you leave the traps in too long, the adults drive the juveniles out. It was really pleasant on the calm water, and Guy was full of interesting stories about the BC Coast. This trip was for science, not the dinner plate, but it was still fun to learn more about an excellent wild food. I was also impressed by Guy’s cooperation with conservation scientists like Ashley. He was not only volunteering his time for the project, but he spoke about the different fisheries that he participates in with the long term invested interest that you would expect from someone whose livelihood is dependent on natural heritage, but for some mysterious reason has failed to manifest itself during some unfortunate periods of our industrial relationship with the earth.