Closure Date Announced for Gulf of Mexico Greater Amberjack

20 August 2014, at 1:00am

US - The commercial and recreational harvest of greater amberjack in the Gulf of Mexico will be closed at 12:01 a.m. on August 25, 2014, and remain closed until January 1, 2015.

The 2014 landings data indicate the 409,000-pound commercial annual catch target and the 888,839-pound recreational annual catch target will be harvested by August 24, 2014.

During the closure:

  • Commercial harvest or possession of greater amberjack is prohibited.
  • Recreational harvest or possession of greater amberjack is prohibited.
  • The closure applies in both state and federal waters for vessels that have a valid Gulf of Mexico commercial reef fish vessel permit or a reef fish charter/headboat permit.

This closure is necessary to protect the greater amberjack resource. This population is considered overfished (the population is too low).