Louisiana Lenten seafood supply varies, and prices are high
Don Ames Reporting
The Lenten season has Louisiana folks clamoring for home-grown seafood.
Some supplies are a little tight right now, and prices may put a pinch on the wallet.
Harlon Pearce, with the Gulf Seafood Institute says our cold winter weather may make it hard to find fresh crabs and crawfish.
"Old Man Winter has been pretty rough on us this whole year," says Pearce. "So that reflects on some of the production we have on some of our better products."
He says the supply of oysters is a bit tight too, as the industry continues to recover from the BP Oil spill. But, he says the quality is excellent.
"The oysters we do have are really gorgeous. I mean they're really beautiful, they're fat."
He shrimp prices are higher than normal, due partly to a lack of imports. "And the demand for our Gulf shrimp has increased dramatically. So, it's kicked prices up. But, there is shrimp available. You shouldn't have any problem with that."
And, if you like finfish, he says you should be pleased.
"Finfish is excellent. There's plenty of the black drum that people are loving right now coming in. There's plenty of tuna, plenty of normal domestic finfish that we always have. So, finfish is a great bet."
He says there's an ample supply of wild catfish, too. And, lots of alligator.
New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Gregory Aymond affirmed Wednesday that alligator is, indeed, a seafood and not meat.