Amberjack, Greater (Kanpachi) – U.S., Handline
Greater Amberjack are found in subtropical regions with circumglobal distribution and in the Western Atlantic, range from Nova Scotia southward through the Caribbean to Brazil, including the Gulf of Mexico.
Greater Amberjack grow quickly, reaching sexual maturity at a young age of 1 year and have very high fecundity. Greater Amberjack exhibit schooling behavior as juveniles, but this behavior decreases with age, although adults tend to aggregate over reefs, wrecks and other structures. In the South Atlantic, the population of Greater Amberjack appears to be above target levels.
The primary gear used to capture Greater Amberjack is vertical hook and line gear that has a minimal impact on the bottom habitat. Greater Amberjack are caught in a mixed fishery with snappers and groupers, and some of these species are overfished.