Mississippi, Gulf of Mexico and United States commercial striped mullet landings

Commercial finfishing corresponds to economic sector 114111 in the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS). Finfishing comprises establishments primarily engaged in the commercial catching or taking of finfish (e.g., bluefish, salmon, trout, tuna) from their natural habitat.

According to Gulf FINFO (http://gulffishinfo.org/), striped mullet which are also known as popeye mullet, black mullet, or gray mullet are wild-caught in fresh and salt waters mostly from West Florida, Alabama, and Louisiana. More than 100 mullet species are found worldwide (http://www.seafoodsource.com/).


The annual striped mullet commercial landings (in pounds) and landing values (in dollars at current prices) from 1950 to present are shown in figures below. About 12.7 million pounds were landed each year since 2011. The Gulf States supplied 81 percent of the striped mullet in the United States valued at $9.8 million per year. In 2015, the Gulf-wide landings of commercial striped mullet fishing reached about 10.6 million pounds. The fish species was caught year-round with almost two-thirds of the landings reported from November to January.

Source of raw data: NOAA Fisheries.

Posadas, Benedict C. Commercial Striped Mullet Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico States. Mississippi MarketMaker Newsletter, Vol. 7, No. 5, Mar. 7, 2017.