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.
This document is Chapter 3 in the Louisiana Crawfish Production Manual. The chapter discusses the differences between crawfish monocropping systems and crop rotational systems, including rice-crawfish-rice and rice-crawfish-fallow (or rice-crawfish-soybean) systems.
A device used to blow air into a pond to create movement of the water.
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)
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