NOAA Fisheries reminds recreational fishermen that the Gulf of Mexico greater amberjack recreational fishing season re-opens 12:01 a.m., local time, on May 1, 2020.
WHAT THIS MEANS:
- Preliminary landings indicate the recreational greater amberjack quota has not been met or projected to be met allowing the recreational fishing season to re-open after the seasonal closure of November 1 through April 30.
- Therefore, the greater amberjack recreational sector will reopen on May 1, 2020.
- The recreational fishing season for greater amberjack will close for the remainder of the fishing year during its second seasonal closure of June 1 through July 31.
- The 2020/2021 recreational greater amberjack fishing year will start on August 1, 2020.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
What are the current greater amberjack recreational management measures?
- Fishing Year: August 1 - July 31
- Seasonal Closure: November 1 - April 30 and June 1 – July 31
- Minimum Size Limit: 34 inch fork length
- Accountability Measures: inseason closure and payback of any overage of the annual catch limit
- Bag Limit: 1 fish per person
- 2019/2020 annual catch limit: 1,309,620 lbs whole weight
- 2019/2020 annual catch target: 1,086,985 lbs whole weight
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