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Monday, January 11, 2010

The Law of Unintended Consequences Produces Fish

Kenya fishermen see upside to pirates: more fish

By JASON STRAZIUSO, Associated Press Writer Jason Straziuso, Associated Press Writer – Mon Jan 11, 12:31 am ET
“MALINDI, Kenya – People here have one thing to thank Somali pirates for: Better fishing.
In past years, illegal commercial trawlers parked off Somalia's coast and scooped up the ocean's contents. Now, fishermen on the northern coast of neighboring Kenya say, the trawlers are not coming because of pirates.
"There is a lot of fish now, there is plenty of fish. There is more fish than people can actually use because the international fishermen have been scared away by the pirates," said Athman Seif, the director of the Malindi Marine Association….Fishermen in the region have seen their incomes and quality of life rise.”

It's interesting that the failed state of Somalia is now able to improve fishing off the eastern coast of Africa, whereas the earlier legitimate governments were unsuccessful for decades.