The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission will discuss, then either approve or reject, a proposal offered late Tuesday by the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to open a recreational red snapper season Friday.

This extended season comes after LA Creel, the state’s data-collection system, showed the recreational take from the three-day federal season in early June, then an extended 39-day season which expired Labor Day, came to 936,864 pounds, or more than 100,000 pounds short of the state-imposed recreational take set at 1,044,793 pounds.

This new season would run Friday through Sundays in state waters out to nine miles. The daily limit will continue to be two per day with a minimum size of 16 inches.

The commission meeting is set to convene at 9:30 a.m. at the LDWF state office on Quail Drive in Baton Rouge.

If the move passes the commission, then, presumably, the LWFC also will give LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet the authority to close this special season when the take nears the 1.04 million-pound limit.

Joe Macaluso