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Master Minds: LSU Shaping Tomorrow



Genre: Documentary

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1988-04-22

Duration: 00:28:25

Subjects: Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, La.) | Louisiana State University Agricultural Center | Scientific research | Science | Aquaculture | Agriculture | SEAFOOD INDUSTRY | Crawfish industry | Crawfish farming | Rice farmers | Catfish fisheries | Clam industry


  • Campanella, Joseph Narrator
  • Sindler, Mark J. Producer
  • Denton, Randy Photographer
  • Avault, James W., Jr. Interviewee
  • Romaire, Robert Interviewee
  • de la Bretone, Larry Interviewee
  • Bean, Ronnie Interviewee
  • Thune, Ronald Interviewee
  • Culley, Dudley Interviewee
  • Malone, Ron Interviewee
  • Beatty, Bill Interviewee
  • Roberts, Ken Interviewee
  • Assevado, Malcolm Interviewee
  • Moody, Mike Interviewee


This episode of the series “Master Minds: LSU Shaping Tomorrow” from April 22, 1988, features scientists from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge discussing their research into aquaculture in order to enhance Louisiana’s seafood industry. It includes interviews with: Dr. James W. Avault, Jr. on the development of the crawfish farming industry; Dr. Robert Romaire and Larry de la Bretone on combining crawfish farming with rice farming; Ronnie Bean on his experiments into integrating catfish and crawfish production; Dr. Ronald Thune on his development of vaccines for catfish; Dr. Dudley Culley on the creation of his soft-shell crawfish production process; Dr. Ron Malone on his development of two types of filters to maintain the water quality within soft-shell crawfish systems; Bill Beatty of Buttersoft Crawfish on his successful implementation of Dr. Malone’s filters; Dr. Ken Roberts on his creation of business software for crawfish farmers; and Malcolm Assevado, a commercial fisherman, Dr. Roberts, and Dr. Mike Moody on the development of a clam industry in Louisiana. Narrator: Joseph Campanella