Fisheries Conflict Research Published in the Journal of Peach Research

Fish catch at a Somali landing site

Secure Fisheries’ fisheries conflict research was published in the Journal of Peace Research on December 7, 2021. Authors Colleen Devlin (researcher), Dr. Sarah Glaser (Secure Fisheries Director), Joshua Lambert, and Ciera Villegas (previous Secure Fisheries interns) investigated the causes and consequences of fisheries conflicts from 1990 to 2017 around the Horn of Africa (Yemen, Eritrea, Djibouti, the Somali region, Kenya, and Tanzania). 

Subsections of this research have been featured in our reports on Tanzania and the Somali Region and a blog post about Yemen

Operationalization of media reporting of both long-term aggregate regional fishing conflicts and discrete events between individual actors produced the finding that fisheries conflict has been gradually increasing over the three decades of study. Higher frequency periods of conflict followed the arrival of international fishing vessels or naval ships. Other recurrent causes of conflict included illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, weak governance, fishing grounds limitations, and piracy.  More information on our publication’s findings can be found in OEF’s news spotlight here. Fisheries conflict is a critical threat to the stability & health of communities.

The severity of fisheries conflict ranged from inconveniences to making environments too hostile for fishing. Conflicts over precious resources can be mitigated with regional and collaborative management.