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Indian Ocean Islands to combat piracy together

The Seychelles and the Maldives have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to help combat Piracy together in their regions.  Somalia pirates have been responsible for a major dip in tourism affecting the Seychelles after the hijacking of the British couple Paul and Rachael Chandler in 2009.

Piracy attacks have taken place off India’s Southern coast in June raising concerns for the Maldivian authorities.  Although no piracy hijackings have been successful in Maldivian territorial waters Somali pirates have been found exhausted after many weeks at sea in their waters.

The two Indian Ocean nations have also signed a MoU regarding Fisheries Cooperation.  French and Spanish tuna fleets operate out of Mahe, Seychelles and have suffered a number of attacks and have had several fishing vessels hijacked in the past.

Tourism is a major source of income to both Islands and the MoU is seen as a positive step forward to assist in the battle against Somali piracy in the Indian Ocean.