COMMERCIAL KING MACKEREL SEASON TO CLOSE NOV. 7

Release Date: 11/06/2007

The commercial season for king mackerel in Louisiana waters will close at 12 noon on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007.  The decision was authorized by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC). 


At its January 2007 meeting, the LWFC gave the Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries the authority to close the commercial season for king mackerel in Louisiana state waters when 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, Undersecretary Janice A. Lansing, acting on behalf of Secretary Bryant O. Hammett, Jr., 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 1.01 million pound commercial quota of king mackerel for the western zone was harvested by Nov. 3, 2007.


Effective with this closure, no person shall commercially harvest, possess, purchase, barter, trade, sell or attempt to purchase, barter, trade or sell king mackerel within or without Louisiana waters through June 30, 2008.  Effective with closure, no person shall possess king mackerel in excess of a daily bag limit within or without Louisiana waters. The prohibition on sale or purchase of king mackerel during the closure does not apply to king mackerel that were legally harvested, landed ashore, and sold prior to the effective date of the closure and were held in cold storage by a dealer or processor provided appropriate records in accordance with R.S. 56:306.5 and 56:306.6 are properly maintained.


For more information, contact Harry Blanchet at 225-765-2889 or hblanchet@wlf.louisiana.gov.


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