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Old 12-29-2009, 10:27 AM   #1
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Default Amberjack season?

I've been out of the loop lately and haven't heard of any updates on the re-opening of Amberjack fishing in Federal water. I thought they said it may open back up Jan 1st. I caught a couple nice AJ's last weekend and really wished I could have slapped some Amberjack on the grill. Please tell me any updates. Thanks Chris.



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Old 12-29-2009, 11:26 AM   #2
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Anyone know???
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Old 12-29-2009, 11:35 AM   #3
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It was not a "May" open up on Jan 1st. It was a clear cut closed season through the 31st of December. So unless they publish something saying that it is staying closed, it opens back up on Jan 1st.

In 2008, NOAA Fisheries Service implemented a
recreational quota of 1.368 million pounds for greater
amberjack harvested in the Gulf of Mexico.
Recreational landings data indicate the recreational
quota has been met. Therefore, in accordance with the
regulations, beginning at 12:01 a.m., local time, on
October 24, 2009, the recreational fishery for greater
amberjack in federal waters is closed. The
recreational harvest and possession of greater amberjack
in or from federal waters will be prohibited through the
end of the current fishing year, December 31, 2009.
A
person aboard a vessel for which a federal charter
vessel/headboat permit for Gulf reef fish has been issued
must also abide by this provision in state waters.
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Old 12-29-2009, 08:28 PM   #4
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Chris...saw them nice pics on facebook.



Didn't you catch them in state waters...where its still open???



OK..ill shut up now.
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Old 12-29-2009, 10:40 PM   #5
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<P class=Body>December 29, 2009
Contact: Mark Robson, 850-487-0554<P class=Body>The recreational harvest of greater amberjack from federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico will reopen on Jan. 1. Federal waters extend beyond 9 nautical miles from shore in the Gulf off Florida.<P class=Body>The National Marine Fisheries Service closed the recreational harvest of greater amberjack in these waters on Oct. 24 because an established annual recreational harvest quota for greater amberjack in the Gulf had been met. Gulf state waters (within 9 nautical miles from shore) were not closed and remain open to the recreational harvest of greater amberjack.<P class=Body>Recreational anglers may keep one greater amberjack of at least 30 inches fork length daily per person in Gulf waters off Florida, and the fish must be landed in a whole condition.
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