It is interesting to note that these two stories contradict each other about
the involvement of fishermen in piracy. Does anyone have any authoritative
information about whether many of the pirates are former fishermen, as the
Press Democrat story states, or whether they are simply using the fishermen
as an alibi, as Der Spiegel states? And what other cases are on the books
where fishermen allegedly turn to crime in the face of falling catches?
I am reminded that interviewers have reported that fishermen in the Caspian
Sea are well aware that sturgeon are overfished, but that they continue to
poach them because that is the only income they have. Closing a fishery
without providing an alternative line of work doesn't seem to accomplish
----- Original Message -----
From: "Davey Benson" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, December 05, 2008 2:59 PM
Subject: Re: From fishing to piracy...
> Rash of piracy began as an environmental problem
> Chris Harrod wrote:
>> Something for a Friday afternoon....
>> There is an interesting article in Der Spiegel (in english) discussing
>> the problems of Somali fishermen and the recent rise in piracy.
>> Looks like another possible consequence of poor fisheries management!
>> All the best