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Weather impacting crawfish sizes and prices

Posted at 5:54 PM, Mar 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-07 19:10:05-05

With the cold and rainy weather over the past week, many might be wondering how it will affect crawfish prices.

The cold weather is notorious for keeping crawfish in the mud and out of traps.

“Weather is the number one factor, you know, and we can’t dictate the weather and with these ponds you just never know what you’re going to get,” said crawfish farmer, Ross Hebert.

He knows all too well how fluid the crawfish business can be.

“If we would have more sunny days, where those crawfish could move around and feed a lot then their size would naturally get bigger,” he said.

This year, the cold and rainy days are making it hard to catch enough crawfish to meet the demand, resulting in higher prices for the buyers and retailers as well.

“When you look at South Louisiana as a whole, there’s still not a lot of crawfish that are on the market to get that price down to where the consumer would probably like it,” he said.

But don’t worry too much, Hebert said this should change in the coming weeks.

“Once we get more into the spring, sunnier days, crawfish will start moving, growing a lot more, the supply will get better and that should bring prices down in the restaurants for the consumer,” said the crawfisherman.