Could bigger, more bountiful harvests from crawfish ponds be a matter of light? An aquaculture researcher at Northwestern State University says she’s getting major results — and more robust mudbugs — by lighting the ponds at night, according to an article in San Francisco Gate.

Julie Delabbio, director of NSU’s Aquaculture Research Center, says the lights not only increase the number of crawfish  yielded but the individual size of the crawfish. “Just getting more crawfish isn’t necessarily a good thing if you’re getting a lot of little crawfish,” Delabbio tells SFG, detailing the dramatic results of placing a dozen underwater lights per quarter-acre of pond, which is yielding up to two-thirds more pounds of crawfish than unlit ponds.

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