Arafura and Timor Seas Forum (ATSEF)


The purpose of ATSEF is to assist in achieving the goals of sustainable development and poverty alleviation, specifically for the littoral nations and for the coastal and indigenous communities, who depend upon the Arafura and Timor Seas for their livelihood.


The objective of ATSEF is to provide opportunities to improve information sharing arrangements between the littoral states of the ATS. It provides an informal mechanism to identify cooperative research agendas and arrangements to enhance the nations’ capacity to sustainably manage the Arafura and Timor Seas.

ATSEF pursues five focal areas:

  1. Preventing, deterring and eliminating illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in the Arafura and Timor Seas
  2. Sustaining fish stocks, marine habitats and coastal and marine biodiversity:
  3. Understanding the marine, coastal, and catchment system dynamics of the seas:
  4. Assisting sustainable and/or alternative livelihoods for coastal, traditional and indigenous communities: and
  5. Improving capacity for data information, management and sharing between the littoral nations of the seas.

ATSEF Reports

These reports are the result of collaborative research carried out in Timor Leste between the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Government of Timor Leste, Charles Darwin University, Australian Institute of Marine Science, the Australian National University and the Northern Territory Government.