Sound off on Amberjack

By: Terry Tomalin

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Amberjack, one of the most popular offshore species in the Gulf of Mexico, may get a little harder to catch. The National Marine Fisheries Service has proposed a rule that will shut down recreational fishing June 1 through July 31 each year during the height of the season.

Federal officials proposed the closure because they believe recreational fishermen exceeded their quota in 2009. Recreational fishermen disagree, saying the federal plan is based on faulty data and outdated science.

If approved, the amberjack closure will overlap with the open season on red snapper, another popular Gulf sport fish. The Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council will be taking public comment on this matter through Feb. 23.

How do you feel about a shortened amberjack season? To sound off, click here.


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