The season is six weeks behind schedule right now. South of La. 14, ponds that double as rice in the summer and crawfish in winter and spring were flooded by Rita's saltwater storm surge. The salt killed the rice plants ' food for young crawfish ' and stunted the crustaceans' growth. Even before the storm, a drought had crawfish buried deep in mud, and the lack of rain continued through winter months. The double whammy of drought and hurricane contributed to the dearth of crawfish. Meanwhile, New Orleans and Houston restaurants were willing to pay top dollar ' $8 a pound, further siphoning supplies.
Soignier says the crawfish harvest is really starting to take off right now. While costs still reflect the farmers' hardships, prices are beginning to drop. A 4-pound order of boiled crawfish cost $25 in November. Today, Paul's Pirogue has that same order on the menu for $18.95. And if anticipated spring showers do their job and fill ponds and the Atchafalaya Basin, crawfish shouldn't have any trouble rebounding.
Paul's Pirogue is located at 209 E. St. Peter St. in Carencro. For more info, call 896-3788.
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Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, December 13, 2013:
September's $509 million in sales pushed Lafayette Parish's nine-month total to $4.4 billion.
The Louisiana Supreme Court has punted on its first chance to decide whether a new state constitutional provision declaring gun possession a fundamental right could void a long list of criminal statutes that regulate firearms.
New Orleans' offense, which ranks sixth in the NFL, isn't helping many of its skill players pile up Pro Bowl-type stats. Rather, the approach of coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees has enabled a wide range of play-makers to emerge periodically with high-production outings.
An ordinance phasing out a rebate businesses receive for collecting and remitting sales taxes is tabled, but it doesn’t solve the vexing issue of government revenue.
From jewelry to home goods, deals abound
Forgiving shapes for NOLA Bowl
As part of a national undertaking known by industry insiders as the “Butterfly Project,” a rebranded version of The Daily Advertiser is set to launch with Sunday’s edition of the Gannett-owned paper.
Louisiana moved up a slot to 48th in the ranking of healthy states — once again, thank God for Mississippi! — so all this frettin’ about Gov. Bobby Jindal’s refusal to expand Medicaid per Obamacare ... fuggidaboutit! We don’t need Medicaid no more!
The Denham Springs woman who placed Christmas lights in the shape of a butter finger on her roof in a display of anger directed at neighbors has doubled the trouble for the 2013 holiday season.
The New Orleans architect behind the 1984 World’s Fair also left his mark on Lafayette.
Laid back vibe just right for NOLA Bowl
The 30-second commercial, to run around the state, is the Democratic senator's first TV spot in her bid for re-election to a fourth term.
It's a number that has edged up but falls far short of the thousands who are eligible for subsidized coverage.
A group of mostly higher education leaders will make recommendations to state lawmakers about how to tweak the policies governing tuition rates charged at the state's public colleges.
Week long specials and a ribbon cutting celebration held in Parc Lafayette
Fort Worth company's new facility at Lafayette Regional Airport will build helicopters primarily for the export market.
Could River Ranch restaurant be the next star?
Move over Hooters — there’s a new breastaurant coming to town.