Seafood Watch - Seafood Guide

Tilefish, Golden

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SEAFOODRATINGMARKET NAMESLOCATION/CERTIFICATIONHOW CAUGHT/FARMED
Tilefish, Blueline Avoid: Avoid these products for now. These fish come from sources that are overfished or fished or farmed in ways that harm the environment. Grey Tilefish, Paleta U.S. Gulf of Mexico, U.S. South Atlantic Wild
Tilefish, Golden Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Rainbow & Colorful Tilefish, Golden Snapper U.S. Mid-Atlantic Wild
Tilefish, Golden Avoid: Avoid these products for now. These fish come from sources that are overfished or fished or farmed in ways that harm the environment. Rainbow & Colorful Tilefish, Golden Snapper U.S. Gulf of Mexico, U.S. South Atlantic Wild


Golden Tilefish, Wild, U.S. Gulf of Mexico or U.S. Mid-Atlantic & U.S. South Atlantic

Golden tilefish populations in the Mid-Atlantic are beginning to recover from being overfished while others remain in trouble.

Consumer Note

Most tilefish found in the marketplace is golden tilefish.

Health Alert

Environmental Defense Fund has issued a health advisory for tilefish due to high levels of mercury.

Summary

Golden tilefish are long-lived, slow-growing, deep water species. Tilefish have a limited range and do not migrate, making it easy for fishermen to catch large numbers at one time. This characteristic, combined with the fact that tilefish are slow to mature, makes them vulnerable to fishing pressure.

The status of tilefish populations varies by region. In the Mid-Atlantic, golden tilefish have begun to recover from overfishing. In the South Atlantic, overfishing continues and is a high conservation concern. The South Atlantic blueline tilefish population is considered to be overfished and little information is available for either species for the Gulf of Mexico.


Recipe Alternatives
Pacific halibut and Alaska pollock are your "Best Choices."

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