Recreational amberjack season to remain open through 2010

The Gulf of Mexico recreational greater amberjack harvest is not likely to exceed the 2010 allocation of 1,243,184 pounds whole weight by the end of the year.

The recreational fishing season will remain open through the end of the 2010. Gulf of Mexico greater amberjack are managed under regulations and quotas established by the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council and the NOAA Fisheries Service.

Regulations implementing Amendment 30A to the Reef Fish Fishery Management Plan established, in part, annual catch limits and accountability measures for greater amberjack, modified the rebuilding plan, and set commercial and recreational quotas. The recreational quota for 2010 was reduced from 1,368,000 to 1,243,184 pounds whole weight to account for a nine percent quota overage in 2009.

A greater amberjack update stock assessment is scheduled to be completed early in 2011 and will provide the information necessary to determine if overfishing is still occurring in the greater amberjack fishery.