Holy Week crawfish supply should satisfy demand

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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Louisiana crawfishermen and the merchants who sell the crustacean to retail customers say the supply should be enough to satisfy appetites during Holy Week and Easter weekend.

It's a welcome turn to a season marred by a harsh winter that stunted crawfish growth, limited the catch and made profit forecasts bleak.

In the days leading into Holy Week, The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1ko6LGc ) prices for a pound of live crawfish ran from $2 at Db Seafood in Morgan City to $2.49 at Tony's Seafood Market and Deli in Baton Rouge.

The price was somewhere in between at D&T Seafood in Abbeville, where live, small-sized crawfish sold for $1.50 a pound and the mediums went for $2.25.

A boiled batch of crawfish this past week cost $4.98 to $4.70 per pound for the large-sized at D&T Seafood, a serving that includes potatoes and corn. At Db Seafood, it was $3 a pound but without potatoes and corn. At Tony's, customers paid $3.69 a pound, but it didn't come with the extras.

It was slow going for months, Tony's co-owner Bill Pizzolato said, but supplies have improved enough to pull prices down 50 cents per pound over the past week.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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