Peter Lehr, University of St. Andrews | November 21, 2008
Pirates – that ancient breed of scoundrel, romanticized and glorified, yet wretched and rotten – have made a name for themselves off Somali coasts. ++ Many, it turns out, are simply trying to make a living for themselves. ++ While their exploits have become renowned, drawing in over $30 million in ransom fees so far this year, a little known fact remains: over $300 million a year in fish are poached from Somali shores by trawlers from as far as Taiwan. ++ Western navies are not the answer; littoral states’ are – fishermen need a fair chance.