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Sep 20, 2013 9:11 AM by AP

Commercial king mackerel season closes Friday

State wildlife and fisheries regulators say the commercial season for king mackerel in Louisiana waters will close at noon Friday.
The closure was set based on data gathered by state biologists and the National Marine Fisheries Service. The data shows that the annual quota for king mackerel of 1.07 million pounds for the western zone of the Gulf of Mexico would be met by that time.
The commercial fishing season for king mackerel will also close at that time in federal waters.
The state says while there are relatively few king mackerel harvested or targeted by Louisiana recreational anglers, a substantial commercial fishery exists, which typically lands 800 to 900 thousand pounds annually at Louisiana ports. Most is shipped to markets in the northeast United States.

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