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News: 2005

Commission Sets Commercial King Mackerel Season
Posted: 1/5/05

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission issued a declaration of emergency at its Jan. 4 meeting, setting the 2005 commercial fishing season for king mackerel. The commercial fishing season for king mackerel in Louisiana state waters will open at 12:01 a.m. July 1, 2005, and will remain open until the 2005 commercial quota for the western Gulf of Mexico is harvested or projected to be harvested.

The Commission also authorized Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Dwight Landreneau to close the commercial king mackerel season in Louisiana waters and reopen the commercial season to coincide with season dates in federal waters. The commission's actions ensure that regulations in Louisiana state waters will mirror regulations of federally managed waters. The National Marine Fisheries Service and the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council cooperatively manage king mackerel in federal waters off the coast of Louisiana. Consistent regulations enhance effectiveness and enforceability of those rules.

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