Commission sets king mackerel season
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has set the 2014 commercial king mackerel season that starts July 1.
Officials said Thursday that 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 about 75 percent of the allotted western Gulf of Mexico quota. In 2012 approximately 969,017 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 2013-2014 commercial king mackerel season is closed as the established quota has been harvested.