Oct 25, 2013 9:19 AM by AP
The commercial season for king mackerel in Louisiana waters will reopen next month for a two-day season.
State wildlife and fisheries experts say the new season will reopen at 12:01 a.m. Nov. 1 and last until 12:01 a.m. Nov. 3. The season will remain closed after that through June 30.
The re-opening was made based on data gathered by state biologists and the National Marine Fisheries Service, which said the annual quota for king mackerel of 1.07 million pounds for the western zone of the Gulf of Mexico has been under harvested by about 80,000 pounds.
While there are relatively few king mackerel harvested or targeted by Louisiana recreational anglers, state officials said Thursday a substantial commercial fishery exists, which typically lands 800,000 to 900,000 pounds annually at Louisiana ports.