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Somali fishermen reap benefits from calmer waters

A man carrying a large sailfish to the fish market in the Xamar Weyne district of Mogadishu, Somalia, on March 16, 2013.
A man carrying a large sailfish to the fish market in the Xamar Weyne district of Mogadishu, Somalia, on March 16, 2013.Stuart Price / AU-UN IST via AFP - Getty Images

The relative peace that has prevailed in Mogadishu over recent months was shattered by a car bomb that killed at least ten people in the Somali capital on Monday.

But for Somalia's fishermen, the outlook remains promising. Their country boasts a longer coastline than any other nation in mainland Africa, with the bountiful waters of the Indian Ocean offering a plentiful potential harvest, but two decades of civil strife have greatly restricted the development of the fishing industry.

Each morning, an eclectic catch is unloaded and transported to the city's Xamar Weyne fish market, where it is sold for local consumption and, increasingly, for export to other countries.  

A man carrying a large sailfish to the fish market in the Xamar Weyne district of Mogadishu on March 16, 2013.
A man carrying a large sailfish to the fish market in the Xamar Weyne district of Mogadishu on March 16, 2013.Stuart Price / AU-UN IST via AFP - Getty Images

Editor's note: These images were released on March 18, 2013 by the African Union-United Nations Information Support Team, which is affiliated to the African Union Mission in Somalia.