Skip to main content
Publish date:

Pirates Of The Caribbean

Pirates-1024x545

If you’re planning a Caribbean cruise this winter —especially anywhere near Venezuela — you’d be well served to stay in the know about pirate activity. Political and economic crises mean that some high seas and coastal areas are essentially controlled by pirates and smugglers. Nicaragua and Haiti, as well as the waters around Trinidad and Tobago, are also on the list of areas where caution should be exercised.

“It’s criminal chaos, a free-for-all along the Venezuelan coast,” said an expert on organized crime. But not all pirates are after recreational sailors or motor yachts. Some are engaged in smuggling and illegal fishing. The perfect storm of criminal activity is being set off by Venezuela’s collapsing economy, and political upheavals in other countries.

This Washington Post feature has more. 

Related

1541403463207

Fisherman Makes Greatest Catch Of His Life

A New Zealand surf fisherman thought he was plucking a doll out of the sea, but instead saved a toddler from drowning.

80621

10 Rivers Produce 95 Percent Of All Plastic Ocean Waste

Researchers believe as much as 12.7 million tons of plastic waste is dumped into our oceans each year and that 95 percent of it comes from only 10 rivers, eight of which are in Asia. Find out more about these rivers and what is being done to clean them up by reading here.

Goliath_Grouper

VIDEO: King Of The Reef

The Florida Fish And Wildlife Conservation Commission is considering opening a limited season via a lottery drawing that would allow 100 fisherman to harvest one goliath grouper per year.

IMG_1957

Home Of The Blitz

The oldest lighthouse in New York and the fourth-oldest active beacon in the United States, Montauk Point Lighthouse was authorized by the second U.S. Congress, under President Washington, in 1792.

Rowing-to-school-new-620x413

The Yellow School Boat

In the Philippines, a charitable organization provides yellow school boats to children, so they don’t have to swim to school.