When the horn of Africa’s infamous pirate gangs first emerged two decades ago, they were Somali fishermen arming themselves to fight off illegal fishing boats from other parts of the world.
International patrol vessels now guard Somalia’s coastline making the waters relatively safe. The pirates are gone but that’s created the opportunity for illegal fishing activity by Asian and European interests. Once again these high seas trawlers are competing with the locals and there are fears tensions could again escalate.
Colin Cosier reports from Somalia for Lateline. Click here to watch the video.