"One of the biggest industries in the Gulf of Mexico is the fishing (commercial and recreational). More than three million (3.2 million) recreational fishers took fishing trips in the GOM in 2008, totally 24 million fishing trips. In 2008, commercial fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico harvested 1.27 million pounds of finfish and shellfish. Commercial fishermen earned $659 million in total landings revenue in 2008. Two of the largest commercial fishing operations in the Gulf of Mexico are red snapper and shrimp. Brown shrimp is the most important species in the U.S. Gulf fishery, with principal catches made from June through October."
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: http://response.restoration.noaa.gov/