Mudbugs on Ice, Colder Winter Causes Higher Price

Mudbugs on Ice, Colder Winter Causes Higher Price

Prolonged below normal temperatures bring on higher than normal crawfish prices.
If you've noticed a recent price hike when buying crawfish, you can blame it on the cold weather.

"[The season has] been way behind because of the weather," said Tom Hardy with Riverside Coney Island.

Riverside Coney Island, a Monroe restaurant, is synonymous with seafood. Crawfish is one of their big sellers.

They say this crawfish season has been put on ice, thanks to the colder than normal temperatures over the past few months.

"January we expect a little cold weather," Hardy commented. "And sometimes the first week of February. But after that, we're usually wide open. As of March, we're just now getting to that stage we're usually at at the beginning of February."

Tom Hardy runs the place and he told us this year's harvesters were doing a lot of fishing, but catching few crawfish.

Many mudbugs dug into the dirt to survive the cold, making them hard to harvest. The price his restaurant paid to buy crawfish from vendors more than doubled because of the short supply.

However, demand for the tasty crustacean hasn't changed.

"We've run out several times this year, which seldom happens," Hardy pointed out. "This was a long hard winter."

Even though prices rose to almost $7.00 per pound in January, crawfish lovers still paid. Hardy says they just didn't buy as many.

"What we've lost, we can't get back," said Hardy. "But we still should have a good remainder of the season."

Now, prices have come back down. And, moving forward, Hardy's outlook is good, as long as the warmer weather stays.

"It's going to be alright," Hardy mentioned. "The rest of the season's going to be good. The crawfish are there. We have the water. We just need this temperature."
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