This project will implement the national fisheries strategy in Timor-Leste to improve coastal community livelihoods through sustainable fisheries management. The FSSP2 project will benefit approximately 25,000 women and men fishers and their communities as well as managers and diverse stakeholders by increasing the sustainable production and increased consumption of coastal fish in Timor-Leste. This project is part of an ongoing WorldFish research program in Timor-Leste aimed at contributing knowledge to support nutrition sensitive fisheries management aligned closely with the national strategic objectives. We build on research and findings from the the Phase 1 of FSSP to raise the capacity of fisheries officers and students in Timor-Leste in fisheries management research, and to improve the business skills and decision-making of women and men in fish-based livelihoods. This study will carry out a randomized controlled trial across 24 villages in 6 municipalities of Timor-Leste to test 1) the effects of nearshore fish aggregating devices (FADs) on fisher and trader income and 2) the effects of social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) on fish consumption in inland communities.

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