One of the largest and most common of the jacks, greater amberjack is a popular sport fish and is also caught commercially in the Gulf. Gulf fishermen harvest greater amberjack in the reef fish fishery, mainly offshore in federal waters but sometimes nearshore in south Florida.
Federal authorities including NOAA Fisheries and the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council are responsible for monitoring and managing reef fish like greater amberjack. Any applicable state management measures are fairly consistent with federal measures—some states automatically adopt federal regulations; others have separate regulations. Gulf state and federal enforcement agents partner to enforce fisheries laws and regulations. The Gulf states also help collect data on commercial and recreational fisheries for greater amberjack, providing important information to support management of this valuable resource.
For more information about greater amberjack, including its status, biological information, and a description of the fishery and how it's managed, see NOAA's FishWatch.gov.