The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says the commercial season for king mackerel in Louisiana waters will close at noon Friday.
Department biologists and the National Marine Fisheries Service agree that the annual commercial quota will soon be met for king mackerel in the western Gulf of Mexico. That quota is just over 1 million pounds.
The commercial fishing season for king mackerel closed in federal waters at noon on Oct. 17.
Anglers take relatively few king mackerel, but the commercial fishery typically lands 800,000 to 900,000 pounds a year at Louisiana ports. Much of that is shipped to the northeast.