Louisiana Soft-Shell Crab Decline Affecting Local Businesses

Louisiana soft-shell crabs, long a favorite in local restaurants and home kitchens, may soon be a culinary memory.

Production of soft-shell crabs in the region has dropped dramatically in the past few decades for a variety of reasons.

According to the Louisiana Sea Grant, which works in conjunction with LSU to promote stewardship of the state’s coastal resources through a combination of research, education and outreach, soft-shell crab production peaked in 1945, when the state produced 2.37 million pounds.

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