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Update and improve fishing licensing and regulations to ensure sustainable harvesting
by Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (Government)
Aquatic resources in Timor-Leste are a priceless economic resource, and ecological national heritage that ought to be protected for the benefit of present and future generations. Timor-Leste waters are one of the few remaining resources which have not been exploited by commercial fishers. However, the current regulations and laws surrounding licensing of international and domestic fisheries are outdated and as such are placing the fish stocks at risk.
Progress reports
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
  • Compliance, monitoring and enforcement
  • Reduction and elimination fishing practices and gear that destroy/degrade marine habitat
  • Science-based fisheries management plans
  • Ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF)
  • Reduction of fisheries by-catch and product waste/losses
By 2020, prohibit certain forms of fisheries subsidies which contribute to overcapacity and overfishing, eliminate subsidies that contribute to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and refrain from introducing new such subsidies, recognizing that appropriate and effective special and differential treatment for developing and least developed countries should be an integral part of the World Trade Organization fisheries subsidies negotiation
Type of commitment
  • Removal or reduction of harmful fisheries subsidies
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
  • Economic benefits from sustainable fisheries
  • Economic benefits from sustainable tourism
December 2020
By the end of 2020, complete the review and enhancement of the current fishing license fees and regulations based on species and sustainable harvest limits as identified through scientific research
Other, please specify
Previous coastal research carried out by partners and Government of Timor-Leste
Staff / Technical expertise
Universities, Conservation International, Worldfish
Basic information
Time-frame: October 2017 - December 2020
Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Environment Conservation International Worldfish
Ocean Basins
  • Indian Ocean
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Acacio Guterres, Director General Fisheries, guterres_acacio@yahoo.com, +670 77546398
Dili, Timor-Leste
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