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Crawfish Production Manual
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Commercial sales of crawfish in Louisiana date back to the late 1800s, and today's crawfish industry includes millions of pounds harvested from farms and natural habitats in the state. This publication covers a wide range of topics on crawfish production, including crawfish biology, pond design, forage management, stocking, water quality, harvesting, marketing and much more. (PDF Format Only)

Crawfish Aquaculture in the South
(Video) Crawfish are a favorite among consumers, and their market continues to grow. Getting crawfish to market is not as easy at it looks.Take a look at how crawfish farmers produce one of America's favorite crustaceans.

Crawfish News November/December 2012
Crawfish News November/December 2012

This newsletter discusses proper procedures for monitoring your crawfish population with a dip net, projecting crawfish growth to harvest size based on emergence of young juveniles from burrows, recommendations on trap density and spacing for low-density and high-density populations, considerations to consider in early trapping and the importance of keeping good production records.

Crawfish News September/October 2012 (Vol 5, No 5)
Crawfish News September/October 2012

This newsletter discusses the management of water for fall flood-up, managing excess water from Hurricane Isaac, and understanding oxygen consumption in crawfish ponds.

Crawfish News July 2012 (Vol 5, No 4)
Crawifsh News July 2012
This newsletter discusses determining a cash land rent for farm-raised crawfish production and controlling army worms in late planted crawfish forage crops.
Crawfish Production: Pond Construction and Water Requirements
Crawfish Production: Pond Construction and Water Requirements
This Southern Regional Aquaculture Center fact sheet discusses pond design, layout and construction for crawfish monocropping and rotational production systems as well as water requirements for farming crawfish, including important water quality parameters, their desired levels and water consumption budgets.
Crawfish News June 2012 (Vol 5, No 3)
Crawfish News June 2012
This newsletter contains information on draining ponds, pond renovation, selecting and planting forages for crawfish, liming crawfish ponds, and the potential effects of using slightly salty water on crawfish forage crops.
Crawifsh News April 2012 (Vol 5, No 2)
Crawifsh News April 2012
This newsletter covers stocking recommendations for crawfish, controlling white river crawfish in ponds, recommendations on when to stop trapping, and the estimated 2011 farm-raised and wild crawfish harvest in Louisiana.
Crawfish News March 2012 (Vol 5, No 1)
Crawfish News March 2012 (Vol 5, No 1)
This newsletter provides a explanation to the slow start of the 2011-2012 crawfish season, proper methods for handling crawfish post-harvest, managing low oxygen in crawfish ponds, and general harvest recommendations.
Louisiana Commercial Crawfish Harvesters Report
Louisiana Commercial Crawfish Harvesters Survey Report
This report is a survey of Louisiana wild commercial crawfish license holders conducted in 2010 to determine their preferences and perspectivesof actual and hypothetical regulations and management practices of the wild commercial crawfish fishery in Louisiana.
Crawfish Culture: A Louisiana Aquaculture Success Story
Crawfish Culture: A Louisiana Aquaculture Success Story
The crawfish aquaculture industry, located primarily in Louisiana, has remained viable and resilient despite some considerable constraints. Success can be attributed to several factors.
Other Management Considerations
Chapter 9. Other Management Considerations
This chapter (Chapter 9) from the Louisiana Crawfish Production Manual discusses other management considerations in commercial crawfish farming, including pond flood-up, population management, supplemental feeding, managing ponds for larger crawfish, diseases, predators, nuisance wildlife, control methods and deveoping your business.
Crawfish Production: Production Systems and Forages
Crawfish Production Systems and Forages
Crawfish aquaculture relies on control of pond hydrology to simulate optimal wet and dry conditions occurring in natural riverine and wetland habitats. Crawfish grow and mature during the wet or flooded cycle and survive the dry periods by digging burrows.
Crawfish Production: Harvesting
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Freshwater crawfish of the genus Procambarus are a valuable aquaculture commodity in the southern United States, with annual production of 30 to 50 million pounds and farm-gatevalues of $25 to 50 million. Unlike fishes, crawfish are not harvested by seining. Instead, crawfish are harvested with a passive system that uses baited traps.