In the young half-island nation of Timor-Leste, fisheries are small-scale and have low catch rates, meaning fish is an underexploited source of nutrition and protein that can help combat the country’s high rate of malnutrition. Recognizing this, WorldFish is partnering with Timor-Leste’s Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries to lead a project funded by the Kingdom of Norway to develop the fisheries sector. Key project activities include a nearshore stock assessment, deployment of fish aggregating devices (FADs) in five rural communities and drafting of a new national fisheries strategy.