Helping Somali fishermen continues: #OpAtalantaOctober 26, 2018 - 11:11
Keeping in touch with Somali fishermen is key to maintaining maritime security around the Horn of Africa. In doing so, EU NAVFOR builds trust in the local communities, contributes to their wellbeing and assures the people that matter, that the EU is here to help.
By regularly approaching small fishing vessels and dhows, EU NAVFOR continues a dialogue with local people, which started almost 10 years ago. To continue the valuable work of Operation Atalanta, the crew of ITS Federico Martinengo, recently carried out multiple friendly approaches off the coast of Bossasso. Medical aid, food and support was given to the fishermen, where it was warmly appreciated during this hot inter-monsoon period.
ITS Martinengo was also able to observe the artisanal fishing boats donated by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (UNFAO) now employed at sea by a local fishing school. These boats were introduced in alignment with the integrated approach of the EU, as EU NAVFOR and EU CAP Somalia work together with the UNFAO to improve the livelihoods of local people.
EU NAVFOR is committed to deter, prevent and suppress piracy off the coast of Somalia in order to ensure the free movement of trade through this high-risk area.
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