Somali Fisheries – Free for all?


There are an abundance of recent reports on the situation of the Somali fisheries prepared by various NGO’s, news networks, charities and local government, albeit mostly unaudited. Unaudited due to the lack of internal infrastructure in Somalia and the inability to accurately measure the massive plunder of Somali fishing grounds being committed by international fishing fleets.

The reports, however, are usually presented with good supporting and anecdotal evidence as well as a mass of historical Somali fisheries data and current fisheries data of Somalia’s coastal neighbours.

Estimates are that Somalia’s local fisheries catch accounts for up to 40,000 metric tons annually whereas the illegal fishing of international fishing fleets in Somali waters accounts for up to 200,000 metric tons annually.

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