This is a story of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, complex corporate structures, human trafficking, arms smuggling, corruption and the capture of state institutions.
In this collaborative episode with https://open.spotify.com/show/16O8hbitelGOw86mdV2VYY?si=tazVewwMQ9OHC3oeAE_1rAanddl_branch=1 (Africa and the Global Illicit Economy), we travel to the rich fishing grounds off Puntland in Somalia and a fleet of vessels known as the “Somali 7”, before looking into a politically connected company that has an uncanny ability to operate either outside or just on the fringes of the law.
This podcast is based on the report Fishy Business: Illegal Fishing in Somalia and the capture of state institutions.
Presenter: Lindy Mtongana
https://twitter.com/puntlandpirates?lang=en (Jay Bahadur), Researcher and Investigator at the https://globalinitiative.net/profile/jay-bahadur/ (Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime.)
https://twitter.com/kgpetrich?lang=en (Dr. Katharine Petrich), visiting assistant professor incoming at the https://www.middlebury.edu/institute/ (Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California)
https://twitter.com/ian_urbina/ (Ian Urbina), Investigative Journalist and author of https://www.theoutlawocean.com/the-book/ (The Outlaw Ocean.)
https://twitter.com/austinjbrush?lang=en (Austin Brush), Senior Analyst at https://c4ads.org/ (C4ADS)
Jay Bahadur, GITOC – https://globalinitiative.net/analysis/illegal-fishing-somalia/ (Fishy Business: Illegal Fishing in Somalia and the capture of state institutions)
Ian Urbina – https://www.theoutlawocean.com/the-book/ (The Outlaw Ocean.)
Producer: Jack Meegan-Vickers