The golden tilefish fishery is managed from Virginia through Maine, with most fishing activity occurring in Southern New England and Mid-Atlantic waters. The majority of tilefish are caught with bottom longline gear with only a small amount of tilefish being caught incidentally in otter trawl gear.  There is also a small recreational component to the tilefish fishery.

The Tilefish Fishery Management Plan was initially developed by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council  in 2001 and has operated under an individual fishing quota (IFQ) program since the implantation of Amendment 1 in 2009.  All commercial fishermen directly targeting tilefish participate in an individual fishing quota (IFQ) program. Fishermen who incidentally harvest tilefish while targeting other species may only harvest 500 lb live weight at one time without an IFQ Allocation. The stock is not overfished nor is overfishing occurring.  

Actions Under Development

Fishery Management Plan and Amendments

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Fishery Performance Reports and Information Documents

Fishery Performance Reports (FPR) are developed every year by each fishery's advisory panel to provide the Council and SSC with a description of the factors that influenced fishing effort and catch within each of the Council’s fisheries. Prior to the development of the FPR, Council staff summarize the most recent catch, landings, and effort data in a Fishery Information Document.  These documents for the golden tilefish fishery are listed below.