Cold weather slows crawfish, harvest

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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