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Crawfish thriving in fresh water off Plaquemines Parish coast

Plaquemines commercial fishermen have been virtually unanimous in their scorn for the effects of fresh river water being introduced to brackish water fisheries via crevasses and spillway openings. But those able to adapt quickly have found a silver lining south of Mardi Gras Pass.

Steve Adams, co-owner of Terry’s Oysters in Port Sulphur, said the high river has led to an explosion of crawfish in portions of wetland along Plaquemines’ eastbank. He said the company’s oyster boats have been hauling in approximately 400 sacks of crawfish per day.

“This is the first time this has happened. You’ll have locals catch a couple of sacks per day (in that location) but not at the rate we’re catching them,” said Adams.

 

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