FWC approves conditional Gulf amberjack recreational closed season
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Media contact: Lee Schlesinger, 850-487-0554
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) on
Wednesday approved a rule amendment to establish a two-month closed
recreational harvest season for amberjack in Gulf of Mexico state
waters that would be consistent with anticipated new rules in Gulf
federal waters. Gulf amberjack are considered to be overfished and
The FWC believes that applying the same closed recreational
harvest season for amberjack in Gulf state waters (inside nine
nautical miles from shore) as in federal offshore waters would
maximize fishing opportunities for anglers and charter boat
operators along Florida's Gulf coast.
The FWC rule for Gulf state waters would establish a June 1
through July 31 closed recreational harvest season for amberjack
each year. This closed season is contingent upon approval of the
same recreational amberjack closed season in Gulf federal
More information regarding the FWC's
Gulf amberjack approved rule amendment is available online at
MyFWC.com/Commission, linked from the April 6-7 meeting agenda.
This rule takes effect on June 1, contingent upon approval of the
federal Gulf amberjack recreational closed season.