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Greater Amberjack Fishing Closed In Gulf Of Mexico

US - The commercial harvest of greater amberjack in the Gulf of Mexico is closed, effective 12:01 am 20 October, 2011, till 31 December, 2011.

NOAA Fisheries Service has determined the 2010 commercial quota of 342,435 pounds of greater amberjack will be reached by this date.

During the closure period, no person aboard a vessel for which a commercial Gulf of Mexico reef fish permit has been issued may fish for or retain greater amberjack in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

In addition, this closure applies in state waters for persons aboard a vessel for which a federal reef fish permit has been issued.

Closure of the commercial greater amberjack harvest in the Gulf of Mexico complies with regulations implemented under the Fishery Management Plan for Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico and is necessary to protect the Gulf reef fish resource.

NOAA Fisheries Service has determined this action is necessary to prevent overfishing and to keep the commercial sector from exceeding the quota during the 2011 fishing year.

the Fish Site Editor

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