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Greater Amberjack, Gray Triggerfish and Flounder Season Reminders

Greater amberjack photo by David Rainer, ADCNR

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ (ADCNR) Marine Resources Division (MRD) reminds anglers that the recreational harvest of greater amberjack in federal and Alabama state waters closes November 1, 2021. The season will remain closed through April 30, 2022, and is scheduled to reopen May 1-31, 2022.

Anglers landing greater amberjack in Alabama are required to report their catch through Alabama’s Snapper Check system. For more information about Snapper Check, visit www.outdooralabama.com/mrd-fisheries-section/red-snapper-faqs.

Recreational harvest of gray triggerfish in federal and Alabama state waters closed September 15, 2021, and will remain closed through March 1, 2022.

The recreational and commercial harvest of flounder is closed from November 1 through November 30 each year.

“November is considered the peak of flounder spawning migration into the Gulf of Mexico,” said Scott Bannon, MRD Director. “The November closure assists in rebuilding the flounder stock by allowing them to make the migration unimpeded. An increase in the minimum size limit to 14 inches, a reduction in the recreational bag limit to five fish, and the creation of a commercial trip limit were also implemented in 2019. Based on discussions with anglers from all sectors, including teams that target flounder for research tagging, Alabama’s rebuilding measures are working and we are seeing an increase in young flounder.”

For a complete list of Alabama's saltwater recreational size and creel limits, visit www.outdooralabama.com/fishing/saltwater-recreational-size-creel-limits.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through four divisions: Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.

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