Common names: AJ, seriole, poisson limon
Habitat/distribution: Worldwide in warm temperate and tropical waters. Though amberjacks may be encountered in very deep waters, their typical range is about 60 to 250 feet.
Method of harvest: bandit rigs, trolling, drift fishing.
Size: Commercial specimens are usually between 25 to 75 pounds in size, though they do reach almost two hundred pounds.
Season/availability: In the Gulf, amberjack season opens on January 1, and continues until the annual quota is met.
Sustainability: Gulf Amberjack has been quite hard in recent years, and overfishing keeps occurring year after year. In 2011, for example, scientists estimate that approximately 177% of the quota was taken. While this does not indicate low stock levels, it does indicate a poorly regulated fishery. The quota has been decreased, and this fish should come under Quota regulation within the next two or three years
Cooking characteristics: A great fish for grilling and roasting, due to its firm texture and large size. Amberjacks take marinades beautifully. The flesh is off-white to pink when raw, and cooks white.