Operation Atalanta Keeps Watchful Eye Over UN FAO ‘Fish Beacons’ off the Somali Coast


Fish Beacon in Action Somali fishermen and personnel from ITS Carabiniere

Somalilandsun – At the end of 2015, Operation Atalanta protected a UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (UNFAO) vessel, MV Kestrel, from potential pirate attack as it deployed twenty five Fishing Aggregation Devices (FADs) off the coast of Somalia.

The FADs’ unique design will help to attract more fish to the coastal areas, which in turn will increase the catch of the local Somali fishermen.

ITS Carabiniere personnel liaise with Somali fishermenSince they were deployed, ITS Carabiniere has made a number of visits to monitor the FADs and fishing activity around them.

In February, ITS Carabiniere received an award from the UNFAO for her efforts to protect MV Kestrel.

Operation Atalanta’s Force Commander, Italian Rear Admiral Stefano Barbieri, said: “We are very proud to have contributed and worked with the UNFAO officials and Somali authorities to generate sustainable livelihoods for local communities.”

A local fisherman with his UNFAO cap in the waters next to a FADOperation Atalanta’s monitoring of the FADs is part of the EU’s comprehensive approach to encourage regional stability.