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Commercial King Mackerel Season To Close November 17
Posted: 10/26/05

The commercial season for king mackerel in Louisiana waters will close at noon on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005.

The decision was made by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Dwight Landreneau, as authorized by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. At its January 2005 meeting, the LWFC gave the Secretary of the Department the authority to close the commercial season for king mackerel in Louisiana state waters when he is informed that the designated portion of the commercial king mackerel quota has been filled or was projected to be filled. Acting on information from LDWF biologists, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, Secretary Landreneau signed a declaration of emergency for the closure.

The closure in Louisiana state waters follows the closure of the commercial king mackerel fishery in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico off of Louisiana. Each year, a commercial quota is established for Gulf group king mackerel by NMFS based on recommendations by the Gulf and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils. That figure is then divided into allocations for various zones and fisheries. According to the best information available, the 1.05 million pound commercial quota of king mackerel for the western zone will be harvested by Nov. 17, 2005.

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