The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2013 commercial fishing season for greater amberjack will close on Monday, July 1, at 12:01 a.m.
Following a review of current landings, data indicates the 2013 Gulf of Mexico quota of 338,158 pounds will be harvested by that date. Louisiana commercial landings of greater amberjack average 100,000 pounds annually.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that federal waters will also remain closed to commercial amberjack fishing for the remainder of 2013.
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 often found near offshore platforms, wrecks and artificial reefs. Greater amberjack can reach sizes of 3 feet in length and weights of 170 pounds in the Gulf of Mexico.