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Monday, December 12, 2016

U.S.Navy Office of Naval Intelligence Worldwide Threat to Shipping (WTS) Report 8 November - 7 December 2016



There is also some interesting news from the Caribbean as some of the ramifications of Venezuela's collapse are felt by sea-going peoples. Report from The Guardian of Trinidad and Tobago, "Pirates preying on Venezuela fishermen as industry unravels,"
Pirates are terrorising the coastal state of Sucre, once home to the world’s fourth-largest tuna fleet and a thriving fishing industry.

That trade has collapsed, along with virtually every industry across Venezuela. Gangs of out-of-work fishermen prey upon those who still venture out into the open sea, stealing their catch and their motors, tying them up, throwing them overboard, and sometimes shooting them. The robberies have taken place daily this year, and dozens of fishermen have died.

“People can’t make a living fishing anymore, so they’re using their boats for the options that are left: smuggling gas, running drugs, and piracy,” said Jose Antonio Garcia, leader of the state’s largest union.

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