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The recreational harvest of greater amberjack will reopen in Gulf state and federal waters May 1-31.  After an annual season spawning closure in June and July, the recreational harvest of Gulf greater amberjack is scheduled to reopen again Aug. 1-Oct. 31.

If you plan to fish for greater amberjack or certain other reef fish species in Gulf or Atlantic state or federal waters from a private recreational vessel (includes anglers over 65 years of age), you must sign up as a State Reef Fish Angler prior to your fishing trip. If you are already a Gulf Reef Fish Angler, your Gulf designation meets the new statewide requirement until it expires. To learn more about the no-cost designation, visit Sign up today at Annual renewal is required.

To learn more about greater amberjack regulations, visit and click on “Recreational Regulations.”

*This information was provided by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission

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