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For immediate release: December 29, 2009

The recreational harvest of greater amberjack from federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico will reopen on Jan. 1. Federal waters extend beyond 9 nautical miles from shore in the Gulf off Florida.

The National Marine Fisheries Service closed the recreational harvest of greater amberjack in these waters on Oct. 24 because an established annual recreational harvest quota for greater amberjack in the Gulf had been met.

Gulf state waters (within 9 nautical miles from shore) were not closed and remain open to the recreational harvest of greater amberjack.

Recreational anglers may keep one greater amberjack of at least 30 inches fork length daily per person in Gulf waters off Florida, and the fish must be landed in a whole condition.

More information is available at FWC's website.