Greater Amberjack Research Program

Greater Amberjack Research Program

In 2020, Congress authorized funding of $10 million for the Greater Amberjack Research Program to address concerns about the greater amberjack fisheries in the U.S. South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.

The goal of this program is to develop additional data sources, assessment approaches, and knowledge to improve agency and agency-independent estimates of the abundance of greater amberjack throughout the greater amberjack’s range.

Stakeholders discuss models during a workshop

Visioning

This program began with a visioning phase, in which researchers reviewed existing data and gathered input from stakeholders to develop recommendations for the research phase of the project. 

Read more about the visioning component of the Greater Amberjack Research Program here.

Greater Amberjack Abundance

In 2021, funding was awarded to a team led by Dr. Sean Powers of the University of South Alabama and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab to estimate the abundance of greater amberjack in the U.S. South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.

To access the official press release, click here. 

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Greater Amberjack Abundance

In 2021, funding was awarded to a team led by Dr. Sean Powers of the University of South Alabama and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab to estimate the abundance of greater amberjack in the Gulf of Mexico.

To access the official press release, click here. 

Greater amberjacks (Seriola dumerili) are often confused with other closely-related species. Refer to the following guide to help distinguish the Seriola jacks from one another.

Additional resources can be found on the Publications and Products page.

You Don't Know Jacks: a guide to Gulf of Mexico Seriola jacks

Banded rudderfish (Seriola zonata)

Lesser amberjack (Seriola fasciata)

Greater amberjack (Seriola dumerili)

Almaco jack (Seriola rivoliana)