The Safina Center

Coho salmon.Coho salmon.Photo taken by: Carl Safina

Some problems exist with this species' status or catch methods, or information is insufficient for evaluating. Tilefish, Golden These fish contain levels of mercury or PCBs that may pose a health risk to adults and children.

The Golden Tilefish is a long-lived and slow growing deep-water species that lives near the bottom of the sea. It is found along the Atlantic coast of North America and throughout the Gulf of Mexico.

The population is divided into three regions for management purposes: the mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, and the Gulf of Mexico. For all regions there are uncertainties as to what the current abundance level is, but overall abundance appears to be at medium levels. Management measures for this species include annual catch quotas, limited entry into the fishery, gear restrictions, and protected areas.

The majority of Golden Tilefish are taken with bottom longlines, which likely has moderate habitat impacts. Bycatch in this fishery appears to be relatively low.

Full species report here.

This fish may have high levels of mercury that could pose a health risk to adults and children. More info here about mercury in Tilefish. Check out our mercury in seafood section.