When fish lead to piracy In Somalia, piracy off the country's coastline can be traced back to 1991, the year the country's government collapsed and international vessels began fishing there illegally.
Because the country no longer had a coast guard to patrol its shores, Somali fishermen began attacking the international vessels.
Brashares said few of the academics and journalists he'd spoken to had known about the conflict's origins. "We've really glorified [piracy] in a different way," Brashares said. "It really started as a battle for fish."
In Ghana, depleted fish populations have meant fishermen had to work harder to harvest a big enough catch.
To reduce costs, fishermen have used forced child labor for dangerous tasks like mending underwater nets. Thousands of children are working in the fishing industry in Ghana, according to a 2012 report by the U.S. Department of Labor.