Somalia: Pirates Return to Fish

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Somalian government and agencies ​have been developing projects to promote the consumption of fish. In a time when pirates are abandoning their practices, this story asks: how is the fishing industry putting Somalia forward?

  • €17,992 Budget in Euros
  • 2013-09-01 Final release date
  • Round winner
  • 2 Locations
  • 3 Durations in months

Despite having 3,000 kilometers of coast, the consumption of fish in Somalia is considered a "barbaric" habit in most of the inner cities; however, the government and development agencies have begun to develop projects to promote the consumption of fish for a healthy life and as an alternative to piracy.

If there is an economic sector where the crisis has been particularly tough in 2012, it is Somali piracy. According to figures from the International Maritime Bureau, the last successful attack of the Somali coasts goes back to June 19, when a "dhow", a small local boat, was stormed. Similarly, the latest attempt of boarding a western ship occurred only seven days later. These figures are even more critical if we extend the time period.

Throughout 2012, there were "only" 13 hijackings of ships, while in 2008 there were 111 incidents, of which 50% were successful. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to dissect how, thanks to the political measures launched by the Somali Government and the international community, the region has begun to develop new economic strategies and pirates have begun to abandon their practices. Most importantly, the project also focuses on how the fishing industry is pushing the region forward.

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