So far in 2012 crawfish farmers across Louisiana are anticipating a very high production year. “With these mild temperatures, the crawfish are ahead of schedule on their rate of growth and production levels because they’ve been so active,” said Mark Fruge’ of Fruge’ Aqua Farms located near Lafayette, LA. The industry as a whole is most likely producing double the amount of Louisiana crawfish that they would normally produce, he said. Thanks to above average temperatures and plenty of rainfall, crawfish traps across the state are full to capacity of the hungry mudbugs that South Louisianians love to eat.
All this means great news for consumers across Cajun Country, who will likely see reduced prices on crawfish compared to recent years when lack of rain decreased production numbers. “It should be a great year with abundant and affordable crawfish,” said Mike Fruge’, Mark’s brother and co-owner of Fruge AquaFarms. “I’m predicting a very high volume season. The quality right now couldn’t be better, and it’s only going to improve as we head into the spring.”
Louisiana crawfish season usually lasts through to July and consumers should see a price drop as the season progresses. Right now the price of crawfish seems to be about 30 percent less than the same time last year.