Against the tide: A FAD fit for Timor-Leste’s artisanal fishers

Mario Pereira -

Community members in Timor-Leste work together to install a nearshore FAD. 2016.
Community members in Timor-Leste work together to install a nearshore FAD. 2016.

Nearshore fish aggregating devices are a relatively simple technology. Despite this, finding a FAD design suited to the marine conditions of the half-island nation and accessible to artisanal fishers has taken many years of research by WorldFish and the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries in Timor-Leste.