Fishy Business: Illegal Fishing in Somalia and the Capture of State Institutions

Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime
Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime
Publication Date:
2 July 2021
Somalia, Food and Agriculture, Oceans and Rivers

The waters off Somalia are some of the richest fishing grounds in the world and are still largely untapped. Following the steady decline in attacks by Somali pirates since 2012, foreign fishing fleets have gradually returned to Somali waters. Many of these vessels, particularly those originating in Iran, Yemen and South East Asia, routinely engage in IUU (illegal, unreported and unregulated) fishing practices.

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