Tilefish

2001: The Original Tilefish FMP initiated management for golden tilefish and included management and administrative measures to ensure effective management of the tilefish resource. The FMP also implemented a limited entry program and a tiered commercial quota allocation of the TAL. Other elements of the original FMP included: a stock rebuilding strategy; permits and reporting requirements for commercial vessels, operators, and dealers; a prohibition on the use of gear other than longline gear by limited-access tilefish vessels (later amended see discussion below); and a framework adjustment process. Final Rule - 9/26/2001.

2001Framework 1 added provisions for a research set-aside quota. Final Rule - 8/10/2001.

2007Amendment 2 was an Omnibus Amendment that implemented a Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology (SBRM). Final Rule - 1/28/2008.

2009Amendment 1 (Appendices and Figures) implemented an Individual Fishing Quota in the directed golden tilefish fishery. It also implemented new reporting requirements and gear modifications, addressed recreational fishing issues, and reviewed the EFH components of the FMP, including implementing gear restricted areas to prevent bottom trawling in habitat areas of particular concern. Final Rule - 8/24/2009.

2011Amendment 3 was an omnibus amendment that implemented Acceptable Biological Catches (ABCs) and Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) to avoid overfishing and ensure accountability. Final Rule - 9/29/2011.

2015Amendment 4 was an omnibus amendment that implemented a new Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology to address a legal challenge. Final Rule - 6/30/2015.

2017Amendment 5 (Unmanaged Forage Omnibus Amendment) was an omnibus amendment that implemented management measures to prevent the development of new, and the expansion of existing, commercial fisheries on certain forage species in the Mid-Atlantic. See the Unmanaged Forage Amendment page for more information about this action. Final Rule - 8/28/2017.

2017: Framework 3 - Omnibus For-Hire Electronic Trip Reporting Framework implemented a requirement for vessels that hold party/charter permits for Council-managed species to submit vessel trip reports electronically (eVTRs) while on a trip carrying passengers for hire. Final Rule - 9/11/2017.

2017Amendment 6 (Blueline Tilefish Amendment) added blueline tilefish (Caulolatilus microps) as a managed species in the Tilefish Fishery Management Plan, changing the name of the plan to the Golden and Blueline Tilefish Fishery Management Plan. See the Blueline Tilefish Amendment page for more information about this action. Final Rule - 11/15/2017.

2018: Framework 2 implemented several changes intended to improve and simplify the administration of the golden tilefish fishery. These changes include removing an outdated reporting requirement, proscribing allowed gear for the recreational fishery, modifying the commercial incidental possession limit, requiring commercial golden tilefish be landed with the head and fins attached, and revising how assumed discards are accounted for when setting harvest limits. Final Rule - 3/13/2018.

2018: Framework 4 (Omnibus Acceptable Biological Catch Framework) modifies the Council's process for setting catch limits. Specifically, this framework (1) establishes a process for setting constant multi-year Acceptable Biological Catch (ABCs) limits for Council-managed fisheries; (2) clarifies that the Atlantic Bluefish, Tilefish, and Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish FMPs will now automatically incorporate the best available scientific information in calculating ABCs (as all other Mid-Atlantic management plans do) rather than requiring a separate management action to adopt them; and (3) clarifies the process for setting ABCs for each of the four types of ABC control rules. Final Rule - 4/11/2018.