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A PDF version of the Aquaculture Research Station Profile is available below.
Production aquaculture in the United States is seriously challenged -- with rising input costs and global competition. Increased efficiency and new products, production methods and technology platforms will be needed in the coming years. In Louisiana, a number of aquaculture species have commercial importance. Crawfish farming alone involves more than 170,000 acres, 1,200 farmers and an estimated economic contribution exceeding $190 million. Many other species found in Louisiana's waters have culture potential.
Significance of Aquaculture Research
Lower feed costs and improved feed conversion rates allow producers to compete more effectively against foreign imports.
Coordination of spawning and reproduction of catfish could streamline the production of hybrid fish, an important goal of the U.S. catfish industry.
Improvement of baitfish reproductive efficiency can assist the commercialization of marine baitfish production.
Research on crawfish population dynamics could save producers millions of dollars per year in supplemental stocking costs. Managing crawfish production to take advantage of recruitment throughout the production season will allow producers to increase yields significantly without reducing average crawfish size.
The availability of aquatic animal germplasm could lead to genetic improvements of value to many aquaculture industries.
2011 Aquaculture Industry Facts
Louisiana has long been recognized as supporting one of the most diverse aquaculture industries in the United States. Cultured species include crawfish, catfish, alligators, oysters, turtle hatchlings, a variety of freshwater game fish and a number of minor species. In 2011, gross farm sales were estimated at roughly $264 million. Value added to these aquaculture products was estimated to be almost $172 million, resulting in a total estimated value of approximately $436 million for the state’s economy in 2011.
Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary
Web site: LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary
Aquaculture will continue to play an important role in Louisiana agriculture. The ability to integrate aquaculture with traditional agricultural crops continues to make it an important option for many farmers in Louisiana. Immediate research goals include: