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FWC issues executive order to close recreational harvest of greater amberjack in Gulf state waters.
At its July meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) issued an executive
order to close recreational harvest of greater amberjack in state waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The
2023 recreational season for greater amberjack in Gulf state waters will be open Aug. 1 through
Aug. 25, consistent with the Gulf federal season.
Consistent state and federal recreational seasons for greater amberjack would help prevent quota
overages and mitigate risks of future paybacks and early closures.
The Gulf greater amberjack stock is overfished and experiencing overfishing and is currently under
a new rebuilding plan. The new rebuilding plan includes a large reduction in harvest to end
overfishing and rebuild the stock by 2027.
For more information about Commission Meetings, including the July 2023 Commission meeting
presentation, visit MyFWC.com/Commission and click on “Commission Meetings.”
For current recreational amberjack regulations, visit MyFWC.com/Marine and click on “Recreational
Regulations” and “Amberjack.” This page will be updated with the new season dates.
QUESTIONS? Contact the FWC STAY CONNECTED:
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission ·
620 S. Meridian Street ·
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600