Debunking the Piracy Myth: How Illegal Fishing Really Interacts with Piracy in East Africa
RUSI Journal, Dec 2011, Vol. 156, No. 6
By Stig Jarle Hansen
Somali pirates have claimed, and some Western analysis repeated the idea, that illegal fishing has been an underlying cause and justification for piracy. But pirate behaviour is not consistent with this idea, and the claim that piracy started as a form of coast guard, protecting Somali fisheries, is dubious. Rather, piracy is motivated by the quest for profit. Nevertheless, illegal fishing narratives do contribute to the pirates’ local legitimacy, and need to be undermined in order to fight piracy.
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