Louisiana Crawling Season: LSU Agricultural Center Says Cold Weather Will Affect Ladybug Supply

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (KTRK) – It’s flying fish season, and you’ve probably learned about those mud beetles, but agriculture experts say the bullfish supply can feel the effects of the weather. upcoming cold weather.

According to LSU’s Center for Agriculture, above-average temperatures in November and December have helped the Louisiana mackerel season to develop early and quickly. Those favorable weather conditions led many of the mackerel to reach market size in late December and early January.

However, the center said freezing conditions are expected across most of Louisiana’s cod production this weekend, which will likely affect supplies until the weather gets warmer. come back.

“When the water temperature rises from 60 to 70 degrees, that is the optimal level for bullfish growth,” says Mark Shirley, an aquaculture agent with LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant.

WDSU spoke to NOLA Crawfish King Seafood & Bar Grill owner Chris “Shaggy” Davis, who said he has seen cold weather this January affect supply. Davis said he’s also noticed changes in the size of the bullfish and the price of the fish.

LSU’s Center for Agriculture is also monitoring a deadly white spot virus that is affecting the shrimp farming industry.

In a 2020 report, AgCenter explains that extreme weather can have an expensive impact.

For example, heavy rains in the summer can cause fish to crawl out of their burrows too soon, ultimately harming their survival.

And to put it simply, winter temperatures that fall below freezing can slow down the growth of bullfish.

During 2018-2019, the Louisiana cowfish crop alone produced 151.8 million pounds of cowfish with an economic value of $209.5 million.

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