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Gulf of Mexico Greater Amberjack Recreational Fishing Season Reopens May 1-31, 2021

April 21, 2021

FB21-025: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Bulletin; For more information contact: Kelli O'Donnell: 727-824-5305,

Key Message:

NOAA Fisheries reminds recreational fishermen that the Gulf of Mexico greater amberjack recreational fishing season reopens 12:01 a.m., local time, on May 1, 2021 and will close at 12:01 a.m., local time, on June 1, 2021.


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 reopen May 1, 2021.
  • The recreational fishing season for greater amberjack will close for the remainder of the fishing year during its second seasonal closure, starting June 1 through July 31.
  • The 2021/2022 recreational greater amberjack fishing year will start on August 1, 2021.


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
  • 2020/2021 annual catch limit: 1,309,620 lbs whole weight
  • 2020/2021 annual catch target: 1,086,985 lbs whole weight

Sign Up for Text Message Alerts – Find Out About Immediate Openings and Closures

NOAA's Text Message Alert Program allows you to receive important fishery related alerts via text message (SMS).  Standard message & data rates may apply.  You may opt-out at any time.


Text alerts you may receive include:

  • Immediate fishery openings and closures
  • Any significant changes to fishing regulations that happen quickly


Sign up for one or more of the following groups:

  • Gulf of Mexico Recreational Fisheries Related Alerts
    • Text GULFRECFISH to 888777
  • Gulf of Mexico Commercial Fisheries Related Alerts
    • Text GULFCOMMFISH to 888777
  • South Atlantic Recreational Fisheries Related Alerts
    • Text SATLRECFISH to 888777
  • South Atlantic Commercial Fisheries Related Alerts
    • Text SATLCOMMFISH to 888777
  • Caribbean Fisheries Related Alerts
    • Text CARIBFISH to 888777 Join us every other Friday on NOAA Fish Instagram for Rec Fish Friday! 


Other contacts:

Media: Kim Amendola, 727-551-5707

            Allison Garrett, 727-551-5750

Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on April 21, 2021