October 18, 2011 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will close the 2011 Greater Amberjack commercial season today, October 19 at 11:59 p.m. in all Louisiana waters. The season will remain closed until January 1, 2012 at 12:01 a.m.
The 2011 season was previously reopened on September 1, based on projections that the 2011 quota had not been met.
Greater amberjack are found throughout the Gulf of Mexico as well as in the temperate and tropical Atlantic Ocean. Greater amberjack usually live in nearshore waters out to 300 feet deep. This species is found throughout the Gulf of Mexico, and are often found near offshore platforms, wrecks and artificial reefs. Greater amberjack can reach sizes of 3 feet in length and weights of 170 pounds.
Louisiana commercial landings of greater amberjack average 100,000 pounds annually.