Despite early season, seafood plentiful for Lent!

 
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February 12, 2016
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From WWL TV

By: Bill Capo

CHALMETTE, La. - Customers lined up to get their seafood fix at Today's Ketch Restaurant in Chalmette, savoring oyster and shrimp po-boys, and enjoying tasty crawfish.

"They're delicious and pretty good size for this time of the year," Sandy Ferret said as he enjoyed his tray of crawfish. "Actually we had crawfish in December, so we're back for that second round."

The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board said said despite this being an extremely early Lent, seafood is in good supply this year. Today's Ketch owner Jeff Pohlman was ready for the crowds, thankful for this win

ter's good weather.

"It's off to a pretty bumper crop, Bill," Pohlman said  "We've got an extraordinary early Lent. We had such a mild winter, which has given crawfish a good time to grow. The availability is there, the crawfish are very nice size."

Even a couple from Calfornia managed to find their way to a platter of mudbugs and seafood in Chalmette.

"The internet," explained Kent Rianda. "The internet is everything. Just put in seafood and New Orleans."

Cast Net Seafood was crawfish boil central, they cooked 100 sacks of mudbugs today alone. 

"Even though it's early, weather permitting we're going to have a busy Lent," said Cast Net owner Kent Bondi.

Fish and shrimp are popular, and the supply is good, and the oyster beds have reopened after the Red Tide incident in December.

"Oysters are coming back on, oysters are starting to get salty again, everything is back open, oysters are really delicious, the oysters are really doing good," grinned Bondi. "It's time to start eating oysters."

"Fantastic, that's why I come here," said Robert Wesley. "Absolutely the best seafood in the city."