Recreational greater amberjack season reopens May 1, 2021

The Gulf of Mexico greater amberjack recreational fishing season reopens at 12:01 a.m., local time, on May 1, 2021. The recreational greater amberjack quota has not been met for the 2020/2021 recreational fishing year, allowing for the reopening. The season will close at 12:01 a.m., local time, on June 1, and remain closed for the duration of the fishing year.

The 2021/2022 recreational greater amberjack fishing year will begin 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: In-season 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 pounds, whole weight
  • 2020/2021 annual catch target: 1,086,985 pounds, whole weight
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