Tilefish Fishery Management Plan
We manage the tilefish fishery from Virginia through Maine, with the majority of 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 for golden tilefish, and has operated under an individual fishing quota program since the implementation of Amendment 1 in 2009. Blueline tilefish were added to the Tilefish Fishery Management Plan by Amendment 6 in 2017.
Golden and blueline tilefish are not overfished, nor is overfishing occurring in the tilefish fishery.
Please note that golden and blueline tilefish south of the NC/VA border are managed by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council.
Implementing regulations are found at 50 CFR part 648 subpart N. Find out more about Managing Sustainable Fisheries in the Greater Atlantic Region.