Winter weather blamed for crawfish scarcity


The long, cold winter means crawfish are scarce and expensive.

During cold weather, crawfish stay at the bottom of their ponds or streams, and don’t eat. That means they’re much smaller than usual for this time of year – and they’re not taking the bait in crawfish traps.

Todd Quebedeaux owns All Dat Seafood in Houma. He tells The Courier ( ) that he’s waiting for the price to come down before selling mudbugs again.

At Fisherman’s Cove in Kenner, owner Rene Cross Jr. tells WDSU-TV ( ) he’s getting about 50 sacks a day – half the usual amount this time of year. He was selling live crawfish for $3.90 a pound.

In Houma, two restaurants were selling boiled crawfish for $7 a pound.

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