Apr 21, 2011 7:21 PM by Melissa Hawkes

Not Enough Crawfish to Meet Easter Weekend Demands

For many Louisiana residents Easter weekend means it's time for a craw fish boil, but if you didn't put your craw fish order in early you may be out of luck.
Houma resident Reggie Aucoin made the trip from Houma to Abbeville to pick up five sacks of craw fish.
He said, "It's hard to get them around there right now. Most of the farmers are up here, so I figured a better grade of craw fish and try to get a better price."
There's a steady flow of trucks delivering sacks of craw fish straight out of Vermilion
Parish ponds.
The owner of D & T Craw fish, Don Benoit, said"normally we start at 6:30 in the morning and are buying til about 7 in the evening and loading up trucks.""
He said it's been a good season for farmers in the parish. A major reason is because the Atchafalya Basin isn't producing any craw fish this year.
Benoit explained, "normally they have quite a bit of craw fish out there. So the price is a little higher and the quality doesn't have to be quite as good, so you are able to sell a few more ponds than normal."
About 1,000 sacks of craw fish are delivered to D and T everyday. Usually that's plenty to meet the demand, but during holidays there isn't enough craw fish to go around.
Aucoin said , "it's a tradition, crawfish crabs shrimps--the works."
He feels Easter wouldn't be the same without the mud bugs.
Benoit said the earliest they'll be able to take orders is for Saturday.


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