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Recreational Harvest of Greater Amberjack in Federal Waters

of the South Atlantic Will Close on November 30, 2016

The recreational harvest of greater amberjack in federal waters of the South Atlantic will close, at 12:01 a.m. (local time) November 30, 2016.  Landings data and projections indicate that recreational harvest of greater amberjack has reached the 2016 recreational catch limit of 1,167,837 pounds whole weight.  As a result, recreational harvest of greater amberjack in federal waters of the South Atlantic will be closed for the remainder of the March 2016 through February 2017 fishing year.  Federal waters will reopen to recreational harvest of greater amberjack at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on March 1, 2017.

During the closure:

  • Recreational harvest or possession of greater amberjack is prohibited in or from federal waters in the South Atlantic.
  • These bag and possession limits apply in the South Atlantic on board a vessel for which a valid federal charter vessel/headboat permit for South Atlantic snapper grouper has been issued without regard to where such species are caught, i.e., in state or federal waters.

This closure is necessary to protect the greater amberjack resource by limiting the amount of landings that exceed the recreational catch limit. 


NOAA Fisheries Southeast is pleased to announce the introduction of our Text Message Alert Program.  The program will allow you to sign up to receive important fishery related alerts via text message. Text alerts you may receive include immediate fishery openings and closures, and any significant changes to fishing regulations that happen quickly.
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Sign up for related alerts for one or more of the following groups. Standard message & data rates may apply. You may opt-out at any time.
  • Gulf of Mexico Recreational Fisheries: Text GULFRECFISH to 888777
  • Gulf of Mexico Commercial Fisheries: Text GULFCOMMFISH to 888777
  • South Atlantic Recreational Fisheries: Text SATLRECFISH to 888777
  • South Atlantic Commercial Fisheries: Text SATLCOMMFISH to 888777
  • Caribbean Fisheries: Text CARIBFISH to 888777