Cooler weather slows down mudbug season

By The Associated Press

BILOXI, Miss. — Coast seafood shop owners say below-freezing temperatures in January have made crawfish scarcer, keeping prices higher.

Todd Rosetti of Quality Seafood in Biloxi tells The Sun Herald that the ponds are producing about half of what they should be.

Those ponds lie near the Louisiana-Texas state line and took a hard hit in January.

Sean Desporte of Desporte and Sons in Biloxi says in some cases, ponds were frozen over for a couple of days at a time.

On Friday afternoon both Desporte and Sons and Quality Seafood were selling live crawfish at $2.79 a pound. Rosetti said that price is about 75 cents higher than this time last year at Quality; Desporte said live crawfish would usually sell for $1.79 to $1.99 a pound at his store.