Group criticizes shutdown of gulf fishery

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The recreational season for the fishing of Gulf amberjack closed Oct. 24 because of overfishing, according to the National Marine Fisheries Service.

This announcement comes two years after the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council shifted a significant section of recreational allocation of this species to the commercial sector.

"There is no way to defend what the council has done with the management of amberjack. It boarders on outright disregard for the recreational sector," said Chester Brewer, chairman of the Coastal Conservation Association's national government relations committee, in a statement.

"Combined with what is happening with Gulf red snapper and the commercial catch share plans for Gulf grouper, this latest announcement gives recreational anglers no reason to have any faith in the federal management of recreational fisheries," he added.

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