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Gulf of Mexico Greater Amberjack Recreational Fishing Season



Event Start Date: 2022/03/24


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, 2022, and will close at 12:01 a.m., local time, on June 1, 2022.

What this Means:

  • The recreational fishing year for greater amberjack is August 1 through July 31 as set by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and implemented by NOAA Fisheries.
  • Preliminary landings indicate the recreational greater amberjack quota has not been met and is not projected to be met, allowing the recreational fishing season to reopen May 1, 2022.
  • The recreational fishing season for greater amberjack will close again during its second seasonal closure, starting June 1, 2022, through July 31, 2022.
  • The 2022/2023 recreational greater amberjack fishing season will reopen on August 1, 2022.

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
  • 2021/2022 annual catch limit: 1,309,620 lbs whole weight
  • 2021/2022 annual catch target: 1,086,985 lbs whole weight