How do you stop a pirate? Put more fish in the sea.

A Dassanach boy stands on a boat by the shore of a fishing camp near the Omo Delta in the north of Lake Turkana close to the town of Ileret and near the Kenyan-Ethiopian border in northern Kenya September 19, 2014. The Dassanach, an ethnic group living mainly in southern Ethiopia, have historically clashed over ethnic differences and precious resources such as fishing, pasture and fresh water with the Turkana of Kenya.
A new study on piracy revealed surges in “part-time pirates” are deeply linked to climate change.
Fishermen in east Africa and the South China Sea turn to piracy when the fish supply is low.
As climate change kills fish, the former fisherman grow more desperate in their attacks, the study’s authors told Insider.

Turns out, climate change could be the reason behind increases in pirate attacks.

At least, that’s what Bo Jiang, assistant professor of sociology at University of Macau, and Gary LaFree, professor of criminology at the University of Maryland, found in their

Continue Reading →

This article was written by Katherine Tangalakis-Lippert and originally published on