Louisiana is the second largest state for commercial fishing in the country, second only to Alaska. In 2012, over 1.6 million pounds of fish were landed in Louisiana, only slightly less than the more than 1.7 million landed in 2011. In fact, the majority of seafood harvested from the Gulf of Mexico lands in Louisiana.
Types of Seafood
Although fish make up the majority of the seafood caught in Louisiana, other types of seafood make up a large portion of the economy as well. Fish, such as trout, snapper, grouper and tuna are harvested each year, while blue crabs, shrimp and oysters make up much of the shellfish market in the state. Commercial fishermen also harvest crawfish and finfish from the freshwaters in the state.