Almaco Jack

Almaco Jack

Almaco Jack

Seriola rivoliana

AKA:

Rock Salmon

Managed by:

SAFMC


Physical description:

Similar in appearance to the greater amberjack, almaco jacks have conspicuously long lobes on the second dorsal and anal fins. The body and lower fins are generally dark brown or dark blueish green, and the lower sides and belly are lighter, sometimes having a lavender or brassy tint. The Almaco Jack can reach a maximum length of about 38 inches and maximum weight of 55 pounds.


Biological description:

The almaco jack is found more often in deeper, oceanic waters of the western Atlantic from Massachusetts to Brazil, though rarely caught north of the Carolinas. Little is known of its life history, although it is expected that the almaco jack would have reproductive, growth and feeding characteristics similar to the greater amberjack.


South Atlantic Federal Regulations

Commercial:

  • CLOSED, effective August 4, 2017.
  • Size Limit:  None
  • Trip Limit: None
  • Regulatory Remarks:
    • Limited Access permit required.
    • All species must be landed with head and fins intact.
    • Recreational and commercial fishermen are required to use dehooking tools when fishing for snapper grouper species.
    • The use of non-stainless steel circle hooks (offset or non-offset) is required for all species in the snapper grouper complex when using hook-and-line gear with natural baits in waters North of 28 degrees N. latitude.
    • After the commercial quota is met, all purchase and sale is prohibited and harvest and/or possession is limited to the recreational bag limit. This prohibition does not apply to fish harvested, landed, and sold prior to the quota being reached and held in cold storage by a dealer. Quotas are given in gutted weights.
    • Commercial snapper grouper vessels must have onboard NMFS approved sea turtle release gear and follow smalltooth sawfish release protocol. See the Handling and Release Protocol from NOAA Fisheries or call 727-824-5312.
    • Annual Catch Limit (ACL) – This species is managed under an ACL. See current information on Commercial ACLs (quotas) from NOAA Fisheries.
  • Additional Updates:

Recreational:

  • OPEN 
  • Size Limit: None
  • Trip Limit: Included in 20 Fish Aggregate Bag Limit of 20 fish per person/day
  • Season: None
  • Regulatory Remarks:
    • Limited Access permit required.
    • Included in the Other Snapper Grouper Complex Species: 20 Fish Aggregate Bag Limit - There is an aggregate bag limit of 20 fish per person inclusive of all fish in the snapper grouper complex currently not under a bag limit, excluding tomtate and blue runner. This means you may catch your bag limits and additionally retain up to 20 other fish for which there is no bag limit.
    • All species must be landed with head and fins intact.
    • Recreational and commercial fishermen are required to use dehooking tools when fishing for snapper grouper species.
    • The use of non-stainless steel circle hooks (offset or non-offset) is required for all species in the snapper grouper complex when using hook-and-line gear with natural baits in waters North of 28 degrees N. latitude.
    • The sale of bag-limit caught snapper grouper species is prohibited.
    • Annual Catch Limit (ACL) – This species is managed under an ACL. See current information on Recreational ACLs from NOAA Fisheries.
  • Additional Updates: