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AUTOMATION FOR LOWERING CRAWFISH HARVESTING COSTS

Investigators
Theegala, C. S.
Institutions
Louisiana State University
Start date
2020
End date
2022
Objective
The long-term goal of the proposed seed project is to lower production costs and improve the competitive position of the US crawfish industry. An intermediate-term objective of this project is to evaluate crawfish automation in a commercial setting with funding from larger grants (such as an AFRI Standard Grant). Specific objectives of the current seed project are:Design, build, and test several new crawfish traps that: 1) are sturdier, 2) have higher trapping efficiency (and less escape) and 3) are more conducive to robotic handlingDesign and built a prototype robotic arm that can lift selected trap(s) (finalists from objective one) with live crawfish, harvest the trapped crawfish, re-bait the traps and reset them in the correct vertical position.
Funding Source
Nat'l. Inst. of Food and Agriculture
Project source
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Project number
LAB94489
Accession number
1023136
Commodities
Seafood