Organized Crime & Gangs

Illegal overfishing and the return of Somalia’s pirates

“Large foreign vessels ‘come at night and take everything’, he said, gesturing angrily out to sea. ‘With their modern machinery, there is nothing left.’  And the Somali fishermen can’t match them. ‘We don’t carry guns; we don’t even have any weapons,’ he said. Ali’s accusations are backed up by two new pieces of research, conducted by separate Somali development agencies, which suggest that international fishing vessels – particularly Iranian and Yemeni, but also European ships including Spanish – are illegally exploiting the East African nation’s fish stocks on a massive scale. “

Source: Illegal overfishing and the return of Somalia’s pirates – Al Jazeera English

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