Somali Pirates or Tax Collectors?
According to the SAP there are at least 5 gangs totaling around 1000 armed men. Note there are more NATO soldiers operating in the area than Somali pirates.
Somalia being a lawless country is known to be taken advantage of by Asian and European companies dumping and illegally fishing in the region. The rise of somali pirates in 2005 hid the fact that the asians and europeans were still making money illegally from the somalis.
Peter Lehr, a Somalia piracy expert at the University of St. Andrews says "It's almost like a resource swap, Somalis collect up to $100 million a year from pirate ransoms off their coasts and the Europeans and Asians poach around $300 million a year in fish from Somali waters."
~ The Independent
~ Chicago Tribune
Peter Lehr explained that the Somalis aren't the pirates but rather tax collectors which have been stealing from the somali waters. The tax rate settled to 33% and the Asians and Europeans are still making hundreds of millions. Not the forget that every organization illegally fishing off the coast of Somalia had the pleasure of taking a tax break of around 15 years from ~1990-2005.