Release Date: 10/05/2006

The commercial season for king mackerel in Louisiana waters will close at 12:00 noon on Friday, October 6, 2006.  The decision was made by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Acting Secretary Janice A. Lansing, as authorized by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.  At its January 2006 meeting, the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission gave the Secretary of the Department the authority to close the commercial season for king mackerel in Louisiana state waters when she 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 and the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, Acting Secretary Lansing 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 will be harvested by October 6, 2006.

For more information, contact Harry Blanchet at 225/765-2889