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Flooding may have effect on crawfish harvest

Recent flooding in south Louisiana may affect one of the state’s most widely-known crops — crawfish. But LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant aquaculture and coastal resources specialist Mark Shirley said we have to wait until the winter harvest to find out how crawfish will be affected, according to The Greater Baton Rouge Business Report.

Crawfish commonly spend their summers in burrows, but the flood waters have pushed some female crawfish, who carry eggs, out of those burrows, making them vulnerable to several environmental factors. But sometimes, they can survive, if they get back to their burrows.

“We shouldn’t assume that there is going to be a blanket net negative impact for the industry as a whole,” said Ray McClain, a professor at the AgCenter Rice Research Station near Crowley, according to The Business Report. “I really think there will be negative impacts for some producers, yet others probably will see little or no effect.”

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