Lesser Amberjack Regulations

Mutton Snapper

Lesser Amberjack

Seriola fasciata

Managed by:

SAFMC


Physical description:

Olive green or brownish back and silversides; dark band (variably present) extends backward and upward from eye; juveniles have split or wavy bars on sides; proportionately larger eye and deeper body than greater amberjack.


Biological description:

The lesser amberjack occurs in the Eastern and Western Atlantic Oceans. In the Atlantic, it is found from Massachusetts to Brazil. This is a benthopelagic species, primarily found in depths of 55-130 m (180-427 ft). Maximum reported size is 68 cm (27 in) FL. It feeds on squids and fishes.


South Atlantic Federal Regulations

Commercial:

  • OPEN
  • Minimum Size Limit: None
  • Trip Limit for the Other Jacks Complex (almaco jack, banded rudderfish, & lesser amberjack): 500 pounds gutted weight
  • Limited access permit required
  • Included in Other Jacks Complex (almaco jack, banded rudderfish, lesser amberjack)
  • Regulatory Remarks:
    • 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 annual catch limit for the Jacks Complex is met, all purchase and sale is prohibited and harvest and/or possession is limited to the recreational bag limit (while recreational harvest is open). This prohibition does not apply to fish harvested, landed, and sold prior to the annual catch limit being reached and held in cold storage by a dealer.
    • Charter/Headboat and Commercial snapper grouper vessels must have onboard NMFS approved sea turtle release gear and follow smalltooth sawfish release protocol. Click here to learn more 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.
    • Allowable Gear:
      • Vertical hook-and-line including hand-held hook-and-line and bandit gear. Spearfishing gear without rebreathers.
      • Powerheads, except where expressly prohibited in Special Management Zones (SMZs) and in the EEZ off South Carolina.

Recreational:

NEW Regulations Effective March 30, 2020:

20-Fish Aggregate Bag Limit

  • The aggregate bag limit applies to the following species: whitebone porgy, jolthead porgy, knobbed porgy, saucereye porgy, scup, gray triggerfish, bar jack, almaco jack, banded rudderfish, lesser amberjack, white grunt, margate, sailor’s choice, and Atlantic spadefish.
  • The final rule maintains the 20-fish per person per day aggregate bag limit for the recreational sector.  However, the rule limits the harvest of any one species within the aggregate bag limit to 10 fish.

Current Regulations:

  • OPEN
  • Minimum Size Limit: None
  • Bag Limit: Included in Other Fish Aggregate Bag Limit of 20 fish per person/day of species not under a bag limit
  • Regulatory Remarks:
    • Included in Other Aggregate Fish Bag Limit of 20 fish per person/day of species not under a 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.
    • Charter/Headboat and Commercial snapper grouper vessels must have onboard NMFS approved sea turtle release gear and follow smalltooth sawfish release protocol. Click here to learn more or call 727-824-5312.
    • Annual Catch Limit (ACL) - This species is managed under an ACL. See current information on Recreational ACLs from NOAA Fisheries.