BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - It's crawfish season and fans of mud bugs are seeing a dramatic increase in prices. The reason is simple: A harsh winter is driving up the price of crawfish.
"I just got off the phone with a guy in Louisiana and he says because of the cold weather, the crawfish are not plentiful. We need the water temp to get to about 62 degrees. It's been so cold the fishermen are not going out and the crawfish are not coming out of the ground," said Sean Desporte from Desporte and Sons Seafood in Biloxi.
Historically, crawfish runs about $2.19 a pound live and $2.99 boiled. Right now, prices are up significantly. The mud bugs are selling for $2.99 a pound live and $3.99 boiled.
But Desporte said there is some good news on the horizon.
"They're telling me this week crawfish should be down a quarter or so starting tomorrow. Next week we should see a drop of 50 cents to 75 cents."
Many crawfish lovers pay little attention to the cost. A woman from Sarasota, Florida said she doesn't care about the price.
"I like crawfish. I came to Biloxi to get my crawfish," she said.
As temperatures go up, crawfish prices come down. Still, Desporte and Sons Seafood is noticing price is a factor.
"Right now, we're boiling 200 or 300 pounds on the weekend instead of our usual 2,000 or 3,000 pounds. We need the weather to get better so we can get the ball rolling," said Desporte.
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