The commercial season for king mackerel opened on May 11, 2017 in Louisiana waters, previously closed on January 21, until the established quota is reached or projected to be reached.
The re-opening was made based on rule changes for the Gulf of Mexico that increased current quotas. The increase in quotas allows for additional harvest during the 2016 / 2017 commercial season.
Each year, a commercial quota is established for Gulf of Mexico group king mackerel by NOAA Fisheries based on recommendations by the Gulf and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils. Based upon the new quota adjustments, the Western Gulf of Mexico quota increased to 1.1 million pounds, leaving an additional 65,000 pounds available for harvest.
For more information, contact Jason Adriance at 504.284.2032 or firstname.lastname@example.org.