In this photo taken Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, masked Somali pirate Abdi Ali stands near a Taiwanese fishing vessel that washed up on shore after the pirates were paid a ransom and released the crew, in the once-bustling pirate den of Hobyo, Somalia. The empty whisky bottles and overturned, sand-filled skiffs that litter this shoreline are signs that the heyday of Somali piracy may be over - most of the prostitutes are gone, the luxury cars repossessed, and pirates talk more about catching lobsters than seizing cargo ships. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
Antipiracy measures have had a dramatic impact on the number of attacks off the coast of Somalia over the past 5 years. Activity reached its zenith in 2009 and 2010 when 46 and 51 vessels were hijacked respectively.
The number of pirate-related incidents including boarding attempts and firing on vessels reached a high of 182 in 2010. However, collective action involving international naval patrols and new antipiracy guidelines for captains sailing in dangerous waters off the Somali coast have had a far reaching impact.