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Jan 12, 2010 12:58 PM by Rob Kirkpatrick

Low Temperatures Could Mean High Prices For Crawfish

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Colder-than-normal weather in January is
hurting the crawfish harvest, and that's expected to increase
prices for mudbugs.
LSU AgCenter research Ray McClain says catch is related to water
temperature. Once temperatures go below 60 degrees, crawfish become
less active and are less likely to become attracted to bait in
traps.
As a result, he says the current cold snap might keep some
producers from running their traps which will mean a smaller catch.
Until warmer weather returns for an extended period, consumers
can expect to see fewer crawfish on the market and to pay a higher
price for the ones that make it there.

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