January 9, 2014-The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission announced today that the 2014 commercial king mackerel season will begin July 1. Once the season opens, it will remain open until the quota of approximately 1.18 million pounds is met or projected to be met.
King mackerel is a significant commercial fishery in Louisiana. From 2000 through 2012 Louisiana has landed, on average, an amount equal to approximately 75 percent of the allotted western Gulf of Mexico quota. In 2012 approximately 969,017 lbs were landed in Louisiana. A significant amount of the king mackerel landed in Louisiana is shipped to markets in the northeastern U.S.
Currently, the 2013-2014 commercial king mackerel season is closed as the established quota has been harvested.
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.