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Greater amberjack season opens in Gulf state waters

April 27, 2018
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The greater amberjack recreational season in Gulf state waters reopens to harvest on May 1 and will remain open through May 31.

The season will reopen again Aug. 1 through Oct. 31.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, greater amberjack has been overfished and is undergoing overfishing, and the season has closed increasingly early in recent years due to federal quotas being met or exceeded. The new season structure adopted at an FWC meeting in December will optimize recreational fishing opportunities for the spring and fall, while minimizing harvest during the spawning season, helping to rebuild the stock.

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For more information on greater amberjack, including size and bag limits and other regulations, visit and click on "Saltwater Fishing," "Recreational Regulations" and "Amberjack."



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