(Jan. 8, 2015) - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission announced today that the 2015 commercial king mackerel season will open July 1. Once the season opens, it will remain open until the quota is met or projected to be met.
King mackerel is a significant commercial fishery in Louisiana. From 2000 through 2013, Louisiana landed on average an amount equal to approximately 75 percent of the allotted western Gulf of Mexico quota. In 2013, approximately 731,000 pounds 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 2014-2015 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.
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