35 to the Reef Fish Management Plan. This amendment, if approved and
implemented by NOAA Fisheries, will:
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Catch Limit at 1,780,000 pounds and the Annual Catch Target at 1,539,000 pounds.
recreational 30’’ minimum size limit and June-July season closure.
a 2000 pound commercial trip limit and retain the March-May commercial season
the stock assessment showed that amberjack is both overfished (population is
too low) and experiencing overfishing (rate of removals is too high).
The Gulf Council’s scientific
advisors recommended that the greater amberjack Acceptable Biological Catch be
set at 1,780,000 pounds whole weight. As a rule, an Annual Catch Limit cannot
be higher than the Acceptable Biological Catch, so the current stock Annual
Catch Limit of 1,870,000 million pounds whole weight had to be adjusted.
Greater amberjack is in the 9th
year of its rebuilding plan, which is scheduled to end in 2012. Management
measures in this amendment are expected to reduce overfishing but, until a new
stock assessment is completed, it is unknown if greater amberjack will meet its