While Somalia has seen decline in piracy over recent years, illegal fishing has increased. And it’s not a minor problem. “There is a connection between illegal fishing and conflict in the area”, said Senior Program Manager Robert Mazurek from Secure Fisheries, a project of One Earth Future Foundations, while opening the workshop on Vessel Identification and Evidence Collection Related to Fisheries Crimes on 18 November in Mogadishu.
Piracy is unfortunately common in the Gulf of Guinea, especially off the coast of the Niger River Delta. Kidnap-for-ransom is the most common type of attack, and according to Oceans Beyond Piracy, 100 seafarers were kidnapped in the waters off the Gulf of Guinea last year.
The Risks in Somalia’s Growing Mobile Money Market
Victor Odundo Owuor, Senior Research Associate-One Earth Future Foundation, University of Colorado A recent World Bank report showed that Somalia has one of the most active mobile money markets in the world, outpacing most other countries in Africa. It’s even superseded the use of cash in the country of 14 million people. Victor Owuor asked Tim Kelly, an information and communications technology policy specialist at the World Bank and the report’s author, to explain the findings and what they mean for the country.
According to the eighth annual report of Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP), produced by the US-based One Earth Future organisation, there were 321 piracy incidents around the world last year and 5000 seafarers affected, with 17 crew members killed in Asia and two killed off West Africa.
Report: piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia
In its report entitled “Stable seas: Somali waters”, issued in 2017, the One Earth Future Foundation noted the increasing complexity of the region, with multifaceted and cross - over issues, including illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, coastal violence and human trafficking, intersecting to create a uniquely insecure maritime environment in Somali waters. Regional conflicts have shifted human migration flows, further accelerating the smuggling of both trafficked persons and arms across the Gulf of Aden.
According to a report on piracy in the world prepared by the NGO One Earth Future, 71 assaults of this type were registered in the Caribbean last year, most of them on the Venezuelan coast. This constitutes an increase of 163% with respect to the 27 of 2016. In the report called "Ocean Beyond Piracy" (Oceans beyond piracy), the NGO compares this situation with what was experienced in Somalia after the civil war and famines. Groups of former fishermen and small smugglers were engaged in piracy of large freighters that passed through the Horn of Africa.
Piratas del Caribe en la vida real: crecen un 163% los ataques en la zona
Como bien saben en la ONG estadounidense One Earth Future, los piratas del Caribe es algo más que una exitosa serie de películas. En su informe Oceans Beyond Piracy consignaron un notable aumento de 163% en el número de ataques piratas denunciados en 2017 en el Caribe y Sudamérica. Las aguas de Surinam están entre las más peligrosas, pero las de Venezuela, dicen, son las que se han vuelto especialmente alarmantes. El motivo, la precariedad económica que sufre el país.
Nigerian Agencies Launch Rescue Mission For 12 Kidnapped Crew Members
While the number of overall piracy and robbery incidents in the waters of the Gulf of Guinea remained relatively unchanged between 2016 and 2017, the region remains a dangerous hotbed of pirate activity, according to a report by the nongovernmental agency, Oceans Beyond Piracy.
According to Oceans Beyond Piracy, 100 seafarers were kidnapped in the waters off of the Gulf of Guinea last year, despite millions of dollars in funds for additional maritime security resources. Local authorities managed to stop only one act of piracy our of 97 incidents.