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Commercial king mackerel season closing noon Friday in Gulf

October 3, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal authorities say the commercial king mackerel season in the Gulf of Mexico will end at 11:59 p.m. local time Friday.

The National Marine Fisheries Service says landings data indicate that commercial boats will have reached their 1.1 million-pound (0.5 million kilogram) quota by then.

Its news release Tuesday said the recreational season remains open. The daily recreational limit is three king mackerel per person. The recreational quota is about 5.9 million (2.68 million kilograms) pounds.

The commercial harvest will reopen next July 1 at 12:01 a.m. local time.

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This story has been corrected to show closing is at 11:59 p.m. Friday, instead of noon Friday.

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