But local crawfish seller foresees lower prices coming soon
A local crawfish seller says cold weather, fluctuating supply and high demand are keeping crawfish prices up.
Henry Poynot, owner of Big Fisherman Seafood in Uptown, is currently selling boiled crawfish for $3.99 a pound. He says the price went up recently because the catch was smaller, and it was smaller because the weather turned colder, which caused adult crawfish to bury themselves in the mud and avoid capture.
"The small ones will run and still feed and get caught when the water temperatures are low, where the big ones just stay in the mud and hibernate and live off their body fat," Poynot said.
Poynot's hoping prices will go down as the weather warms up, and if they do, he says the 2013 season could be one of the best in several years.
"If there's a year for them to be cheap, I think that we'll see in the next 4 to 6 weeks crawfish probably the cheapest we've seen in the last 5 years or so," Poynot said.