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Commercial Harvest of Greater Amberjack in Federal Waters of the Gulf of Mexico Will Close on June 9, 2019

May 15, 2019

FB19-025 Gulf of Mexico Fishery Bulletin; For more information, Contact Kelli O'Donnell, (727) 824-5305, Kelli.Odonnell@noaa.gov


  • Commercial harvest of greater amberjack will reopen in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) at 12:01 a.m., local time, on June 1, 2019, and will close at 12:01 a.m., local time, on June 9, 2019
  • The adjusted 2019 Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) commercial quota for greater amberjack is 337,503 lbs. 
  • The 2019 commercial quota was reduced due to an overage in 2018.
  • Commercial harvest for the 2020 fishing year will reopen at 12:01 a.m., local time, on January 1, 2020.



  • The latest report for 2018 greater amberjack commercial landings indicates 331,403 lbs were harvested, which is 12,263 lbs greater than the 2018 commercial annual catch limit (ACL). 
  • As a result, regulations require a reduction in the 2019 commercial ACL and commercial quota by the amount of the previous year ACL overage.
  • NOAA Fisheries projects that the 2019 adjusted commercial quota will be harvested by June 9, 2019.   
  • This action is necessary to protect the greater amberjack population.  This population is currently considered overfished (the population size is too low) and undergoing overfishing (too many fish being harvested).



  • Any person aboard a vessel for which a federal commercial vessel permit for Gulf reef fish has been issued must comply with the closure regardless of where the fish are harvested. 
  • No greater amberjack caught in Gulf federal waters after 12:01 a.m., local time, June 9, 2019, may be purchased, bartered, traded, or sold. 
  • The prohibition of sale does not apply to trade in greater amberjack that were harvested, landed ashore and bartered, traded, or sold before 12:01 a.m., local time, June 9, 2019, and were held in cold storage by a dealer or processor.



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Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on August 16, 2022

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