Modeling the Seasonal Closures for the Gulf of Mexico Greater Amberjack Recreational Sector
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Modeling the Seasonal Closures for the Gulf of Mexico Greater Amberjack Recreational Sector

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    Greater amberjack (Seriola dumerili) are one of 31 reef fish species in the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico. The FMP provides management for reef fish species in the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

    In 2016, a stock assessment was conducted for the Gulf of Mexico greater amberjack (SEDAR 33 Update). Results from the assessment showed the greater amberjack stock is overfished and experiencing overfishing. A Framework Action is currently being drafted and its purpose is to establish management measures that will rebuild the stock. The current management measures for the recreational sector are a minimum size of 34 inches fork length (FL), closed season from June 1 to July 31, and one greater amberjack per angler bag limit. The Framework Action proposes changes to the Annual Catch Limit (ACL) and Annual Catch Target (ACT). A recreational decision tool was created to allow evaluation of the efficacy of the different closed seasons.

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