By: Mahmoud Qodah
Hargeisa (Somaliland Monitor) – As The presence of coalition and private security navies which engaged in counter-piracy operations persistently decreased the threats posed by the armed pirate gangs, which is currently no longer a threat, but the fact is that the practice of illegal and unregulated fishing activities has increased for there are fleets from some western countries which are guided and given protection by western’s counter terrorism navies are breaching international maritime law as they are increasingly plundering Somaliland’s rich fishing stocks, according to Somaliland government official.
Somaliland Minister of Fishery and Maritime Resource Mr. Ali Jama Farah (Buureed) told Khadar Ma’alin Dek, a reporter from Somali News TV that European’s illegal trawlers made unregulated fishing activities in Somaliland’s territorial water, and as such that it became difficult for his government to prevent, as there are western warships which provided safe-haven for those illegal fishing vessels.
“Since the war in Yemen broke, all other illegal fishing activities have stopped, as plunders were affected by the war in neighbouring Yemen. But unfortunately it completely became difficult to get a solution for the vessels from west which are plundering Somaliland’s fishing stocks,” Mr. Buureed added.
In a report published in October, the U.N. Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group said it was “concerned that illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing by foreign vessels may re-establish the conflict dynamic with local fishing communities that contributed to the rise of piracy a decade ago”. The last outbreak of Somali piracy cost the world’s shipping industry billions of dollars as pirates paralysed shipping lanes, kidnapped hundreds of seafarers and seized vessels more than 1,000 miles from Somalia’s coastline.