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The commercial season for king mackerel in Louisiana waters will close at 12:00 noon on Saturday, October 4. The decision to extend the season one additional week was made by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary James H. Jenkins Jr., as authorized by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. Acting on information from LDWF biologists, the National Marine Fisheries Service and the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, Jenkins signed a declaration of emergency for the closure.
The closure of the commercial king mackerel fishery in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico closed at noon on Wednesday, September 24, 2003. Each year, a commercial quota (3.26 million pounds) is established for Gulf group king mackerel by NMFS based on recommendations by the Gulf and South Atlantic Fishery Councils. That figure is then divided into eastern (2.25 million pounds) and western (1.01 million pounds) gulf zones. According to the best information available, the 1.01 million pound commercial quota of king mackerel for the western zone will have been harvested by September 24.

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