The NOAA Fisheries recently determined that the 2015 commercial quota, 409,000 pounds whole weight, for greater amberjack will be met by July 19. Therefore, from July 19th at 12:01AM (local time) until January 1st, 2016, all commercial harvest, sale, or purchase of greater amberjack in the Gulf of Mexico federal waters will not longer be allowed.
Of course, all purchases of greater amberjack that were harvested prior to July 19th will not fall under the jurisdiction of this regulation.
Considering the popularity of the fish with both recreational and commercial fishermen, it is necessary that no more than the assigned quota be caught. Furthermore, recent studies have shown that the greater amberjack population in the Gulf of Mexico area has been subject to overfishing.
To learn more, please read the full report from the NOAA here.