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.
The species of crawfish important in the southeastern United States are the red swamp crawfish (Procambarus clarkii) and the white river crawfish (Procambarus zonangulus). Culture methods are relatively simple compared to those for other aquatic animals. Crawfish culture can fit well with farm management plans because it uses marginal lands, existing labor and farm equipment during off-peak farming periods.
This document is Chapter 4 in the Louisiana Crawfish Production Manual. The chapter discusses selecting an appropriate pond location, design and construction of crawfish ponds, and USDA-NRCS best management practices for crawfish pond construction.
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