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Piracy News & Commentary

One Benefit to Somali Piracy

An AP article forwarded to me by Elana Langer, "Kenya Fishermen See Upside to Pirates: More Fish," points out that the threat of pirate attack has forced many foreign illegal fishing trawlers to seek other waters out of fear of capture. Fishing stocks are up "enormously," and Kenya fisherman are benefiting. Commercial fishing, much of it illegal, has impoverished parts of the African coasts, devastated fishing stocks, put many local fishermen out of work, and is considered to be one of the reasons the first Somali pirates took to sea. A A UN IRIN article describes the damage done to local Ghanan fishermen by illegal trawlers.
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