The following NOAA Fisheries Bulletin is provided as a courtesy:

ISSUE DATE: April 21, 2021                                                                                                        FB21-025                 

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Gulf of Mexico Greater Amberjack Recreational Fishing Season Reopens May 1-31, 2021

Greater Amberjack

Key Message:

NOAA Fisheries reminds recreational fishermen that the Gulf of Mexico greater amberjack recreational fishing season reopens 12:01 a.m., local time, on May 1, 2021 and will close at 12:01 a.m., local time, on June 1, 2021.


What this Means:

  • Preliminary landings indicate the recreational greater amberjack quota has not been met or projected to be met allowing the recreational fishing season to reopen May 1, 2021.
  • The recreational fishing season for greater amberjack will close for the remainder of the fishing year during its second seasonal closure, starting June 1 through July 31.
  • The 2021/2022 recreational greater amberjack fishing year will start on August 1, 2021.


Greater Amberjack Recreational Management Measures:

  • Fishing Year: August 1 – July 31
  • Seasonal Closure: November 1 – April 30 and June 1 – July 31
  • Minimum Size Limit: 34 inch fork length
  • Accountability Measures: Inseason closure and payback of any overage of the annual catch limit
  • Bag Limit: 1 fish per person
  • 2020/2021 annual catch limit: 1,309,620 lbs whole weight
  • 2020/2021 annual catch target: 1,086,985 lbs whole weight