With the 2024 crawfish season approaching, everyone in Louisiana is starting to get antsy. We know that for one reason or another, this past year was not a viable crawfish season for farmers and we can expect higher prices, but why?

A Louisiana crawfish farmer, Shelley Aucoin, broke down the facts about everything you need to know going into crawfish season. His post has over 500 shares on Facebook alone, and the message is simple, "Our farmers are trying their very best to get these little buggers to our pots for us to serve y’all. Please be patient with us."

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Here Are The 5 Most Asked Questions About the 2024 Crawfish Season:

People have been blown away at the price of crawfish, and one farmer is explaining why prices are so high right now.

1. Are the Crawfish Big Right Now?

The answer is simple: no, they're not. Crawfish are crawfish at the moment. If you're seeking consistency in size, it's best to wait a bit longer into the season. Patience is key.

2. Are Live Sales Available?

Regrettably, live sales are currently not an option. The supply shortage has affected this aspect of the business as well. It's a tough reality, but one that we must face.

3. Why Are Prices So High This Year?

This year has witnessed prices higher than ever before. While it's uncertain when they will drop, it's unlikely to be anytime soon, possibly after duck season. As the farmer humorously suggests, you can always opt for a ribeye steak, available year-round.

4. When Can We Expect More Volume and Lower Prices?

Beginning in mid-February to March, more crawfish volume is expected to hit the market. This influx should lead to a moderate drop in prices, offering some relief to consumers.

5. Is the Price Per Pound All Profit?

The price per pound is far from pure profit. Farmers are working tirelessly to cover labor costs, fuel expenses, overhead, and inevitable losses. They are committed to providing everyone with the best crawfish experience while striving to keep their doors open.

In addition to these five answers, the farmer emphasizes several crucial points:

  • Crawfish farming is deeply influenced by Mother Nature and supply and demand dynamics, just like meat and produce prices in a grocery store.
  • Farmers cannot hold crawfish or accept prepayments; it's first come, first served until more volume becomes available.
  • Last year's prices were lower due to different conditions, and this season requires patience and understanding from consumers.

The farmer concludes with an earnest plea for support and solidarity, not just for their own livelihood but for all those involved in the crawfish industry. They ask for prayers for fishermen, farmers, and even competitors who are navigating a challenging season. It's a tough time for everyone involved, and they share their love for what they do.

The post also acknowledges the longing for affordable crawfish but cautions that it may not be possible this season. Nevertheless, farmers are working tirelessly to bring these little buggers to the pots for customers to enjoy.

However, one question remains.

Is It Too Early To Predict How The Season Will Be?

Shelley Aucoin provided his explanation and while most people were appreciative some people argue that it's too early to know. Here is what some people are saying.


Whether you are happy eating oysters until the crawfish meet your standards like Julie, or you are worried you won't be able to get your hands on affordable crawfish this year, I think we can all agree that our farmers are doing their best.

As we embark on the 2024 crawfish season let's remember the dedication of those who bring this tradition to our tables and show our support and patience as they overcome the hurdles that nature has thrown their way.

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