(Jan. 7, 2016) - Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the 2016 commercial king mackerel season to begin Friday, July 1. The Commission granted the authority to the Secretary of the Department to close the season once the 2016-17 quota is met or projected to be met.
King mackerel is a substantial commercial fishery in Louisiana. From 2000 through 2014, Louisiana landed, on average, approximately 76 percent of the allotted western Gulf of Mexico quota. In 2014, approximately 1,111,806 pounds were landed in Louisiana alone, with a significant portion shipped to markets in the northeastern U.S.