NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - People thinking of getting crawfish for upcoming parades may want to check their wallets first.
Crawfish is in high demand this season, but limited supply is driving prices up.
"Crawfish prices this year versus last year is somewhere about $1.50 a pound higher. Being that said, the weather this year, this year we had quite a winter, and I don't think Mother Nature still is going to leave us without another snap of cold weather," Today's Ketch Seafood Owner Jeff Pohlmann said.
Pohlmann said they're $6 a pound boiled right now, roughly double the price during peak season.
"I don't really care about the price. As long as I can get what I want, I'm fine. I'm fine with paying it," Angela Bernard said.
Bernard, like many who waited in line, are willing to fork over the extra money.
"I come in once a week to pick them up for lunch, and my mom lives in Florida, and she comes down once a year so she can get her crawfish from here," Bernard said.
Pohlmann said crawfish sold this Mardi Gras will be a lot less from years past.
"We take an open Mardi Gras Day for one hour for live crawfish hours. However, I don't think it's going to be done this year because of the availability of crawfish," Pohlmann said.
"I want to say last year they were out Thanksgiving, and a very good abundance of crawfish. This year is the opposite, and of course that's why you're seeing this difference in prices. You're seeing a dollar fifty more per pound because the supply is not there and the demand is," Pohlmann said.
Where they get their shellfish, west of New Orleans, affects their supply, as well.
"It's some six, eight, ten degrees colder there than it is here, so that doesn't help crawfish out," Pohlmann said.
He's hoping prices will soon drop.
"It will come down. I don't want to see it like this, it can't stay like this. I hope it don't anyway," Pohlmann said.
Pohlmann said he's expecting demand to go up even higher this weekend with the parades rolling through St. Bernard Parish, but he said they haven't run out yet.