19 April (Puntland Vision)–Piracy one time was a very booming business in Somalia, particularly the coastal areas in Puntland and Galmudug. The business began with grievances, and complaint from local fishermen whom their fishing equipment were either taken away or destroyed by foreign trawlers that illegally loot the precious resources of Somalia..
Despite their claim of defending their seas from illegal fishing, pirates have never succeeded to halt the intensity of resource looting, but on the other hand Pirate business has fetched negative image to Somali people.
After 10 year of booming piracy business, a joint collaboration from NATO forces and local admirations, the pirates were defeated, and in 2015 the least piracy cases were reported off the coast of Somalia.
In 2017 pirates made unprecedented come back in Puntland coast by kidnapping a vessel carrying commodity for Somali business people but authorities and local elders succeeded to safely release the vessel and its crews.
Again several kidnaping attempts have been foiled by international forces who were patrolling Somali coast.
People ask themselves why piracy re-emerged; the first answer could be illegal fishing trawlers destroy fishing equipment of local fisherman and prevented their only source of income which was fishing. One of the local radios in Puntland has quoted a fisherman who said illegal fishers at the Shore and their vessels can be seen from the land.
The second reason might be NATO forces who were formerly patrolling the sea have lessened their activities in the area after piracy diminished. Puntland Maritime Police Force (PMPF) Commissioner Admiral Abdirsaq Dirie told VOA Somali section that International Forces presence have decreased and pirates got chances to attack vessels in outside Somali water. The Commissioner also said, International forces who are in the Waters hesitated to collaborate with them, claiming that they do not have mandate to capture or detain illegal fishers who in Puntland waters.
The third reason is the prolonged drought and general economic collapse in Somalia in which pirates see as big chance of income generation for kidnaping vessels..