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FB18-021
FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE D
ATE: March 28, 2018
CONTACT: Kelli O'Donnell, (727) 824-5305, Kelli.Odonnell@noaa.gov

Modifications to the Gulf of Mexico Greater Amberjack Recreational Fishing Year and Fixed Closed Season

 

KEY MESSAGE:

NOAA Fisheries announces a final rule modifying the greater amberjack recreational fishing year and fixed closed season in the Gulf of Mexico.  Recreational fishing for greater amberjack will be open May 1-31, 2018.

WHEN THIS RULE WILL TAKE EFFECT:

  • Regulations will be effective April 30, 2018. 

WHAT THIS MEANS:

  • The greater amberjack recreational fishing year will be August 1 through July 31 (see table below).
  • The greater amberjack recreational fixed closed season will be November 1 through April 30 and June 1 through July 31.
  • Recreational fishing will be open August through October and in May.
  • Therefore, the greater amberjack recreational sector will open on May 1, 2018.

Fishing Year and Fixed Closed Seasons

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

July

Open

 

 

 

 

 

 

Open

 

 



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

Why is the recreational fishing year changing?

  • The change in fishing year is expected to improve recreational fishermen’s access to greater amberjack.
  • It is expected to provide an opportunity to harvest this species when other targeted reef fish species are prohibited from harvest (i.e. fall opening).

Why is the recreational fixed closed season changing?

  • The recreational fixed closed season was January 1 through June 30.  The intent of this closure for 2018 was to provide the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council more time to consider the most appropriate recreational closed season.
  • The new fixed closed season of November 1 through April 30 and June 1 through July 31 is expected to protect the greater amberjack population during peak spawning and still allow for spring (May) and fall (August through October) recreational harvest.

Where can I find more information on this rule?

  • Contact NOAA Fisheries, Southeast Regional Office

By Mail: Kelli O’Donnell
NOAA Fisheries, Southeast Regional Office
Sustainable Fisheries Division
263 13th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701-5505
By FAX: (727) 824-5308
By Phone: (727) 824-5305

 

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