Bosaso, Somalia – A region in Somalia is cracking down on an upsurge in illegal fishing off its coast as fleets flock to waters where foreign naval forces have been taking on the pirates that make fishing a risky business.
Describing illegal fishing as “a national disaster”, President Abdiweli Ali Gas of the autonomous state of Puntland, in the country’s northeast, ordered four South Korean trawlers into port following claims they broke local laws.
Environmentalists used satellite technology to document the vessels trawling the seabed for catches that Al Jazeera discovered are mostly ending up in Italy – despite European Union regulations banning imports of illegally caught fish.
Scientists are warning unregulated trawling of the seabed may have devastated the marine environment and fish populations along Somalia’s 3,300km coastline, the longest in Africa but one where certain species are particularly vulnerable to overfishing.
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Maritime Security News:
Some interesting comments made in this article. It states that the South Korean vessels were ordered into port by Puntland’s president, but fails to mention how this might have been achieved. Certainly, the Puntland Maritime Police Force don’t own anything convincing enough to urge a factory trawler in to port, as was pointed out by another analyst.
Were there frantic phone calls being made between Puntland and South Korea or is there more to this story than meets the eye?