Blue Ocean Institute


Species is relatively abundant, and fishing methods cause little damage to habitat and other wildlife.
Amberjack, Greater

Greater Amberjack are found in subtropical regions with circumglobal distribution and in the Western Atlantic, range from Nova Scotia southward through the Caribbean to Brazil, including the Gulf of Mexico.

Greater amberjack grow quickly, reaching sexual maturity at a young age of 1 year and have very high fecundity. Greater amberjack exhibit schooling behavior as juveniles, but this behavior decreases with age, although adults tend to aggregate over reefs, wrecks and other structures.

In the South Atlantic, the population of Greater Amberjack appears to be above target levels.

The primary gear used to capture Greater Amberjack is vertical hook and line gear that has a minimal impact on the bottom habitat and limited interactions with protected species.

Full species report here.