Fighting against illegal fishing, the Australian research organization CSIRO announced that it is developing the world’s first notification system that alerts authorities, when offending vessels arrive in port. The web-based reporting tool identifies and ranks vessels across the globe based on a list of behaviours associated with illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing.
Africa Center issued a report, entitled “Criminality in Africa’s Fishing Industry: A Threat to Human Security”, where it informs that the weak accountability of Africa’s fisheries sector enables unsustainable exploitation by foreign fishing firms and undercuts the political will needed to build more robust surveillance and prosecutorial capacity.
On May 23, pirates hijacked an Iranian fishing vessel off Somalia, in order to use it as a mothership for attacking a bigger ship. Crews often disregard the authorities’ recommendations and travel far closer to pirate-infested shores.
A new report by OEF, OBP and Secure Fisheries, highlights that it is not only piracy that affects maritime security in Somali land, but other complex issues as well, such as illegal fishing, coastal violence, and human trafficking. In particular, there are eight important factors which create an insecure maritime environment in Somali waters.
An international agreement that has been instrumental in repressing piracy and armed robbery against ships in the western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden has seen its scope significantly broadened to cover other activities, including human trafficking and illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing
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