Greater Amberjack


Family Carangidae, JACKS and POMPANOS
Seriola dumerili

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Description: dark stripe (variably present) extends from nose to in front of dorsal fin and "lights up" when fish is in feeding mode; no scutes; soft dorsal base less than twice the length of the anal fin base.

Similar Fish: other Seriola.

Where found: OFFSHORE species associated with rocky reefs, debris, and wrecks, typically in 60 - 240 feet of water; sometimes caught NEARSHORE in south Florida; juveniles associated with floating objects and may occur in water less than 30 feet deep.

Commercial Possession and Size Limits:

Federal Commercial Season: April 1 - March 31

NOTICE: Accountability measures are in place that require NOAA Fisheries to issue an in-season closure for Greater Amberjack if the annual quota is met or projected to be met. In addition, if commercial landings exceed the quota, the length of the season for the following year may be shortened as necessary to recover the overage from the prior fishing year. Th season for that following year may be readjusted to ensure recreational harvest achieves but does not exceed the intended harvest level.

Size: common to 40 pounds.

Remarks: largest of the jacks; thought to spawn OFFSHORE throughout most of the year; feeds on squid, fish, and crustaceans.

Stock Status: to a 2010 SEDAR 9 Stock Assessment Update, greater amberjack are overfished, and experiencing overfishing.  Greater amberjack are under a rebuilding plan, which ends in 2013.  A SEDAR 33 Benchmark Assessment is currently underway.