Posted: Jan 6, 2011 3:41 PM
The 2011 commercial king mackerel season will begin July 1, 2011. The season opening date was set today at the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting. Once the season opens, it will remain open until the quota of approximately 1 million pounds is met.
King mackerel is a significant commercial fishery in Louisiana. From 2000 through 2009 Louisiana has landed, on average, an amount equal to approximately 90 percent of the allotted western Gulf of Mexico quota. In 2009 approximately 926,000 lbs were landed in Louisiana. A significant amount of the king mackerel landed in Louisiana is shipped to markets in the northeastern U.S., primarily for New York.
Currently, the 2010-2011 commercial king mackerel season is still open, as the established quota has not yet been harvested; however, it is expected to close prior to July 1.