FAO Fisheries Department

Timor-Leste completes first national census of fishing boats



Timor-Leste has completed its first ever national census of fishing vessels, an achievement which will greatly facilitate the sustainable management of the nation's fisheries resources.

Between October 2011 and October 2012, a Mobile Licensing Service visited 192 fishing centers in all 11 districts throughout the country. A total of 2 865 boats were registered during the process, of which 1 324 were issued licenses.

This activity is part of the Spanish-funded Regional Fisheries Livelihoods Programme for South and Southeast Asia (RFLP) which is executed by FAO.