Secure Fisheries News

New Evidence Shows Foreign Fishing Fleets in Somali Waters Are Taking Three Times More Fish Than Somalis, Threatening Renewed Maritime Insecurity, And Undermining Economic Development

LONDON, UK & NAIROBI, Kenya — A new report published today shows that foreign illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing in Somali waters by foreign fleets is reducing fish stocks, and has caused widespread resentment among Somali coastal communities, threatening renewed maritime insecurity. Read more.

Helping with IUU Fishing in Somali Waters

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud recently published an op-ed crediting the Secure Fisheries report, Securing Somali Fisheries, with highlighting the extent of foreign fishing in Somalia’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

Fishing for Weapons

In February, the Australian Navy confiscated an unlikely haul from a fishing vessel: a horde of grenade launchers, mortar tubes, and AK 47s. Weapons smuggling is one part of the cycle of maritime crime off the coast of Somalia, marked by illegal foreign fishing, conflict and instability on land, and a resulting lack of governance at sea.


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