A mild, sweet-tasting fish, golden tilefish is harvested all along the Atlantic coast and throughout the Gulf. In the Gulf, commercial fishermen harvest tilefish in the reef fish fishery, mainly offshore in federal waters.
Federal authorities including NOAA Fisheries and the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council are responsible for monitoring and managing these fisheries resources. Any applicable state management measures are fairly consistent with federal measures—some states automatically adopt federal regulations; others have separate regulations. Gulf state and federal enforcement agents partner to enforce fisheries laws and regulations. The Gulf states also help collect data on commercial and recreational tilefish fisheries, providing important information to support management of this valuable resource.
For more information about tilefish, including its status, biological information, and a description of the fishery and how it’s managed, see NOAA’s FishWatch.gov.