Greater AmberJack Project

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Lead Organizations

Auburn University
Louisiana State University
Mississippi State University
North Carolina State University
Texas A&M University
University of South Alabama
University of South Florida

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Project Overview

This research aims to figure out where greater amberjack move to, how they connect with different habitats, and how many of them are not surviving in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean near the Southeastern United States. This project a part of a larger study involving multiple institutions and is funded by Sea Grant Programs throughout the region. A total of 1200 tagged Greater Amberjack (450 with acoustic tags) will be released throughout the Gulf of Mexico (West Texas to the Key West) and the Atlantic Ocean (Key West to North Carolina).

Why This Matters

When looking at how well the greater amberjack population is doing, NOAA Fisheries tell us that the fish in the Gulf of Mexico have been overfished and are continuing to be overfished. Fewer fish concern scientists and fisheries managers who want to make sure that there are enough greater amberjack to continue to reproduce and sustain the population. The population of greater amberjack in the U.S. South Atlantic is doing well and not yet overfished. Understanding the movement patterns of these two groups and how much they overlap is important for creating appropriate rules and regulations to help sustain the species as a whole.

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