Louisiana WF Commission Sets Commercial King Mackerel Season
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the 2012 commercial king mackerel season to begin July 1, 2012. Once the season opens, it will remain open until the quota set for the Gulf of Mexico of approximately 1 million pounds is met.
King mackerel is a significant commercial fishery in Louisiana. From 2000 through 2011 Louisiana has landed approximately 87 percent of the allotted western Gulf of Mexico quota. In 2011 approximately 690,000 pounds were landed in Louisiana. A considerable portion of the king mackerel landed in Louisiana is shipped to markets in the northeastern United States.
Currently, the 2010-2011 commercial king mackerel season is closed as the established quota has been harvested.