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Sustainable Fisheries 727-824-5305 FB16-082



Recreational Harvest of Lesser Amberjack, Almaco Jack, and Banded Rudderfish in Federal Waters

of the South Atlantic Will Reopen on December 2, 2016

Recreational harvest of the other jacks complex (lesser amberjack, almaco jack, and banded rudderfish) in federal waters of the South Atlantic will reopen beginning 12:01 a.m. (local time) on December 2, 2016.  NOAA Fisheries closed recreational harvest of the other jacks complex on August 9, 2016, as it was projected the catch limit (267,799 pounds whole weight) would be reached by that date.  However, a landings update indicates the catch limit for the other jacks complex has not yet been met and recreational harvest may reopen. 

Recreational harvest will not close again in 2016 unless the catch limit is reached or projected to be reached. NOAA Fisheries will announce any future closures.  Note that the other jacks complex does not include greater amberjack, and the 2017 fishing season reopens at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on January 1, 2017.    


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.
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