Louisiana's Lieutenant Governor, Billy Nungesser, talks with 101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty about the state's annual crawfish production and what it means to the state's economic success.

Nungesser tells KEEL listeners that the state produces between 125 and 150 million pound of 'bugs annually, and that this year's estimates may be low because of the high levels in most of the state's waterways.

On Tuesday, Nungesser took part in the annual "pardoning of the crawfish' ceremony in Lafayette. Here are details from theadvertiser.com:

"Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser hosted the 4th annual Pardoning of the Crawfish on Tuesday, a ceremony that began in 2017 as a way to promote the state seafood industry and to celebrate crawfish season. "Emile" the crawfish was spared Tuesday. But 600 pounds of other crawfish were boiled and enjoyed after the ceremony at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette."