Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Somali Pirates Hunt Crab Fishing Boats Making Crew The Real "Deadliest Catch"
Ever the free speakers, the Canadians were the first to strike an agreement with the US based fishing companies, though many suspect they did it just to fit in. Since their inclusion in 2006 however, no other nations have been authorized to fish the Bering Sea. This has prompted many countries, like the growing and friendly pirate nation of Somalia, to ask "what the fuck?" and then promptly get in their boats and see for themselves. Fortunately for the fleet, most Somali boats aren't equipped to break the ice below the surface as they travel further north on the ocean, but their adaptive techniques have shown this wouldn't hold true for very long. The pirates quickly learned from Beyonce, a native Somalian herself, that they needed to 'upgrade' their boats if they wanted to be taken seriously. Having no money, they decided to use 'white devils' as currency, a tactic that has proven to be very profitable thus far, though the recession has hit their trade as well. Still, they grew in numbers and strength traveling further north each season hoping to find the fleet.
Though recently things have been peaceful on the Bering Sea, Captain Sig Hansen of the 'Northwestern' stays at the ready. "Aside from the frostbite and the drownings and the 96-hour long shifts, our main focus is the pirates. We did have a food poisoning incident too, though. But we don't think that was the pirates." Either way, it's clear that they have adapted to their new life at sea. "You know, it's not 2005 anymore," Sig added. "Some of these Somalis, they have cable now. They know we're on TV. And when you couple that stardom with the amount of money they can make with our boats, you have to wonder when your time is going to come. Cause it's going to, no question."
With hunger growing world wide at an astonishing rate, it will be interesting to see what happens to the fishing industry in the coming decade. Somalia seems poised to make a real play for the fishing grounds, though many wonder if the recent "free oil on the gulf" campaign didn't divert their attention just long enough for the US to regain their hold on the area. Tune in to Deadliest Catch next season to see what happens!
*Dave Rabbleson, a former Somali farmer-turned-pirate, was always ridiculed for his name (especially by Mbatute and Wmbeetahteh, his brother and sister, also pirates). His legacy lives on in every impoverished youth that turns to pirating as a way of life.