Amberjack, Greater

Shape

Synonyms

n/a

Edibility

Very good, but may contain high levels of mercury.

Regulations

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  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 28 in Fork Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks & Dehooking

  • Additional Notes
    Must be landed with head and fins intact.
    If you are bringing fish back to the U.S. from the Bahamas by water, please see Bringing fish back from the Bahamas.

    Commercial regulations for South Atlantic Federal Waters
    OPEN
    Minimum Size: 36 inch fork length; no coring
    Trip Limit: 1,200 pound (gw) trip limit
    Fishing year from March 1 through the end of February annually.
    Annual seasonal closure for the month of April; No sale in April. During April of each year, harvest or possession of greater amberjack is limited to 1 per person per day or 1 per person per trip, whichever is more restrictive. However, such greater amberjack are subject to the prohibition on sale or purchase harvested from the South Atlantic EEZ or, if harvested by a vessel for which a valid Federal commercial permit for South Atlantic snapper-grouper has been issued, harvested from the South Atlantic, i.e., in state or Federal waters.
    Commercial fishermen are required to use dehooking tools when fishing for snapper grouper species. The use of non-stainless steel circle hooks (offset or non-offset) is required for all species in the snapper grouper complex when using hook-and-line gear with natural baits in waters North of 28 degrees N. latitude.
    After the commercial quota is met, all purchase and sale is prohibited and harvest and/or possession is limited to the recreational bag limit. This prohibition does not apply to fish harvested, landed, and sold prior to the quota being reached and held in cold storage by a dealer. Quotas are given in gutted weights.
    Gear restrictions apply. Snapper-Grouper Gear Restrictions
    Limited access permit required.
    Annual Catch Limit (ACL) – This species is managed under an ACL. See current information on Commercial ACLs (quotas) from NOAA Fisheries.

    For more information, see: Greater Amberjack Commercial Regulations

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 34 in Fork Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks & Dehooking

  • Closed Seasons from January 27th, 2018 to April 30th, 2018
    from June 1st, 2018 to July 31st, 2018
    from November 1st, 2018 to April 30th, 2019

  • Additional Notes
    The recreational harvest of Greater Amberjack in Gulf of Mexico Federal Waters will open 12:01a.m., local time, on May 1, 2018.
    For more information about Greater Amberjack seasons, see Gulf Fishery Bulletin FB18-021.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 34 in Fork Length

  • Closed Seasons from January 27th, 2018 to April 30th, 2018
    from June 1st, 2018 to July 31st, 2018
    from November 1st, 2018 to April 30th, 2019

  • Additional Notes
    The recreational harvest of Greater Amberjack in Alabama State Waters and Gulf of Mexico Federal Waters will open 12:01a.m., local time, on May 1, 2018.
    For more information about Greater Amberjack seasons, see Gulf Fishery Bulletin FB18-021.

    Recreational seasons in Alabama state waters open and close along with federal regulations. See Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council regulations for closed seasons.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 34 in Fork Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks

  • Closed Seasons from January 27th, 2018 to April 30th, 2018
    from June 1st, 2018 to July 31st, 2018
    from November 1st, 2018 to April 30th, 2019

  • Additional Notes
    The recreational harvest of Greater Amberjack in Mississippi State Waters and Gulf of Mexico Federal Waters will open 12:01a.m., local time, on May 1, 2018.
    For more information about Greater Amberjack seasons, see Gulf Fishery Bulletin FB18-021.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 34 in Fork Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks

  • Closed Seasons from January 27th, 2018 to April 30th, 2018
    from June 1st, 2018 to July 31st, 2018
    from November 1st, 2018 to April 30th, 2019

  • License Required
    Recreational Offshore Landing Permit

  • Additional Notes
    The recreational harvest of Greater Amberjack in Gulf of Mexico Federal Waters will open 12:01a.m., local time, on May 1, 2018.
    For more information about Greater Amberjack seasons, see Gulf Fishery Bulletin FB18-021.
    Recreational anglers and charter captains are required to obtain a free Recreational Offshore Landing Permit to possess snapper, grouper, hind, tunas, billfish, swordfish, amberjacks, cobia, wahoo and dolphin. Anglers may register for or renew their permit at Recreational Offshore Landing Permit. Minors (under 16) are not required to obtain a recreational offshore landing permit. Angling customers on a paid-for-hire charter trip also do not need a permit.

  • Vessel Limit 20

  • Gear Hook and Line Only

  • Additional Notes
    Sportfishing Vessel limit for demersal fish is 20 fish or 60 pounds of fish.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 28 in Fork Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks & Dehooking

  • Closed Seasons from October 31st, 2017 to March 1st, 2018

  • License Required
    Eligible for NC Saltwater Fishing Tournament managed by Division of Marine Fisheries.

  • Additional Notes
    Proclamation FF-41-2017 closes the recreational fishery for greater amberjack due to the recreational annual catch limit being met. The fishery will close October 31, 2017 and re-open on March 1, 2018.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 34 in Fork Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks

  • Closed Seasons from April 22nd, 2017 to April 30th, 2018
    from June 1st, 2018 to July 31st, 2018
    from November 1st, 2018 to April 30th, 2019

  • Additional Notes
    FWC has revised the Gulf greater amberjack open season to May 1-31 and Aug. 1-Oct. 31. Thus, in Florida's Gulf state waters, recreational greater amberjack season will remain closed through April 30, 2018. For additional details, see myFWC Amberjack
    For Greater Amberjack regulations in Gulf Federal Waters, see GMFMC and Fishery Bulletin 18-021.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 28 in Fork Length

  • Gear Dehooking

  • Bag Limit 20

  • Aggregate Information Name: Reef Fish Limit: 20

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum or maximum size limit. No closed season.

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Measurements Min Size: 32 in Total Length

  • Snagging Permitted

  • Additional Notes
    Release Citation = 50 inches

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 28 in Fork Length

  • Additional Notes
    No sale April 1 through April 30.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 28 in Fork Length

  • Gear Dehooking Required

  • Additional Notes
    In April, for-hire vessels are limited to 1 per person/day or 1/per person/trip.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 38 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Hook and line only.

  • Gigging Prohibited

  • Additional Notes
    Hunting, trapping, netting, capture, or removal of any fish, turtle, crawfish, conch, whelk, or any marine and/or fisheries resource is prohibited. You are within a National Park managed by the Bahamas National Trust. Please contact 242-393-11317 for more information.

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