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Updated: 04/12/2018 08:30:00AM

Back to Plan A

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By Capt. Ralph Allen

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A recent federal fishery bulletin (FB18-021) from NOAA Fisheries Service announced the new federal open season for 2018 for the recreational amberjack fishery in the Gulf of Mexico. So it’s now official: The season for greater amberjack will be open in May, August, September and October this year.

This is not new news since this has been NOAA’s plan since last year. But you may have seen a different announcement from NOAA Fisheries back in December (FB17-080), which stated that the 2018 amberjack season would be open from July 1 to the end of 2018. That was a temporary backup rule intended as a Plan B, just in case the permanent rule could not make it through the tedious federal regulatory process in time to become effective for this year. But the permanent rule has survived the gauntlet and become effective, so that backup rule will never take effect and you can forget that it ever existed.

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