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.

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.