Greater Amberjack

Greater Amberjack

Greater Amberjack

Seriola dumerili

AKA

Amberjack

Managed by:

SAFMC


Physical description:

The coloration of the greater amberjack is characterized by a dark stripe on the head which extends from the origin of the first dorsal fin through the eye. The back is blue or olivaceous, and the sides and belly are silvery-white. Occasionally there is an amber or pinkish cast to the body. Juveniles have five or six dark vertical bars along the sides.


Biological description:

Greater amberjack are found in the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. In the western Atlantic, they are distributed from Nova Scotia to Brazil, including the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, where they concentrate around reefs, rock outcrops and wrecks. Greater amberjack that are at least 5 years of age, or 33.5 inches long, spawn from March through July. They may reach a size of 6 feet and weigh nearly 200 pounds. Voracious predators, greater amberjacks eat mostly crab, squid and other fishes found on reefs. They are often found in small groups and are friendly to divers.


South Atlantic Federal Regulations

(For areas 3 to 200 miles off the coasts of NC, SC, GA, and East Florida)

Commercial:

  • OPEN, effective May 1, 2017.
  • Size Limit:  36" minimum size limit; no coring
  • Trip Limit: 1,200 pound (gw) trip limit
  • Regulatory Remarks:
    • NOTE: New fishing year from March 1 through the end of February annually.
    • Annual seasonal closure for the month of April; No sale after quota is reached. No sale in April.
    • 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.
    • Gear restrictions apply.
    • Limited access permit required.
    • 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, effective March 1, 2017.
  • Size Limit: 28-inch fork length​
  • Bag Limit: One per person per day
  • Regulatory Remarks:
    • NOTE: New fishing year from March 1 through the end of February annually.
    • For-hire/charter boat daily bag limit of 1 fish per person per day or one fish per person per trip, effective April 1, 2017Note: In April, for-hire/ charter boat limited to 1 per person per day or 1 per person per trip .
    • 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.
    • Gear restrictions apply.
    • Annual Catch Limit (ACL) - This species is managed under an ACL. See current information on Recreational ACLs from NOAA Fisheries.
  • Additional Updates: