In 2016, the Western Indian Ocean continued to see limited piracy activity, largely due to at sea mitigation efforts over the last several years. However, several attacks in early 2017 highlight the many gaps that still remain.
While incidents of piracy have been reduced, so has the international community’s commitment to a sustained effort to ensure that piracy does not re-emerge. Additionally, very little funding has shifted toward building the capacity of regional maritime forces.
Despite their limitations, regional maritime security entities have had some success in responding to piracy incidents.
Oceans Beyond Piracy will publish a full report on the State of Maritime Piracy May 3, 2017 on www.oceansbeyondpiracy.org
Special thanks to the Somaliland Coast Guard.