The eating qualities of amberjack can be greatly improved if they are killed immediately by iki jime, or a firm knock to the head before placing them in an ice slurry after bleeding.
- These fish are bluish grey or olive above, grading to silvery white below, with a longitudinal amber stripe along the middle of each flank.
- Amberjack are fast growing and can reach 40-60 cm long in one year. Some individuals can exceed 80-90 cm in the second year. Most males mature in the third year at 70-80 cm, while females mature at 100-110cm at around 5 years old.
- Sexes remain separate, however larger fish are usually females, because they tend to live much longer than males (which may live no longer than 10 years). Females may live to 15 years or more.
- This species occurs around the world near rocky reefs and other structure in subtropical and warm temperate waters.
- It is most commonly found at water temperatures between 18°C and 26°C and has been observed from submarines swimming in water as deep as 335 meters (1000 feet).
- Juvenile amberjacks have prominent vertical stripes which are useful camouflage as they associate with floating plants or debris in oceanic and offshore waters, commonly near current lines.
Fish Size Common Length:
50-100 cm, maximum size around 190 cm and 80 kg.