As a new country, Timor-Leste is still gathering data and assessing the natural resources. All research to date has focused on the inshore reefs and artisanel fisheries. The marine environment, especially the offshore zones, are yet to be fully explored. In order to develop sound management plans for fisheries, shipping, protection under climate change and biodiversity, and development, Timor-Leste needs to understand what resources it has, what the value of the resources is, and how those resources can be accessed in a sustainable way. Undertaking research for the south offshore fishing grounds will be key to securing long term fishing grounds that will bring vital income to the country. Knowing exactly which species are there, which are resident and which are migratory, where spawning areas are located, and for which species, and the estimated number of the fish stock, will contribute to the sound development of fisheries and environmental legislation for the country.
Report on the key marine areas for protection based on IUCN Red List, Timor-Leste marine protected species list, spawning grounds of ocmmercial species, migratory pathways of CMS species, sea mounts, and other areas of significance requiring protection due to ecological or cultural value, and associated spatial planning.
Report on the offshore fish stocks including species, value, and spatial planning of commercial fishing grounds