Somalia: Clarity on Fishing licences required
Mogadishu (RBC). At last illegal fishing and dumping of toxic on Somalia’s coastline is on the agenda of African Union. Jerry Rawlings, the African Union (AU) High Representative for Somalia, urged participants in Dubai conference on combating maritime piracy ” to strive to trace, apprehend and prosecute those responsible for such despicable acts with the same urgency as the arrest and transfer of leading African citizens to the ICC in The Hague. ” Cooperation from Somalis is equally important to achieve the goal of bringing criminals to book.
It is not secret that some administrations have given fishing licenses to foreign companies. Upon its formation Puntland regional administration sub-contracted Hart, a UK-based company, to award fishing licenses. After the contract with Puntland ended a new comaony, Somali-Canadian Coast Guard (SomCan) run by Abdiweli Ali Taar, a former Toronto taxi driver, has taken over issuance of fishing licences. Several question need urgent answers:
Is it only Puntand administration which has issued fishing licenses?
How many fishing licences are now ‘ active’?
Is the transitional federal government aware of foreign fishing trawlers with licences to catch fish in seas along Somalia’s coastline?
Raxanreeb urges its readers to write to Somali leaders and ask for clarity on fishing licences issued to foreign companies.