Cold winter hard on crawfish farmers

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - People planning Super Bowl crawfish boils may be out of luck. Farmers say cold has kept crawfish scarce all winter, and many ponds are now iced over.

LSU AgCenter aquaculture specialist Craig Lutz says people may need to order ahead even at the peak of the season. David Savoy of Church Point has been in the business 40 years.

He says he's never seen such a slow start. Louisiana Crawfish Promotion And Research Board director Stephen Minvielle says ponds in St. Landry Parish have up to an inch of ice, with one-third to one-half inch on ponds in New Iberia. Minvielle says he's worried about the babies hatched in the fall. But Lutz says even those just hatched can survive the cold.

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