The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission took action on a Notice of Intent to increase the recreational bag limit of king mackerel from two to three fish per person. This increase in the recreational bag limit mirrors actions taken at the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council seeking to maximize harvest of the recreational king mackerel quota for the Gulf of Mexico.
In the same Notice of Intent, the Commission also took action to set the opening date of the commercial king mackerel season as July 1 of each year. The commercial season has typically opened by Declaration of Emergency on July 1 of each year and this Notice of Intent will codify that long standing practice.
To view the full notice of intent or for species-specific data, please visit here.
Interested persons may submit comments relative to the proposed rule to Jason Adriance, Fisheries Division, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to Thursday September 7, 2017.