Title

United States Coast Guard - Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing Strategic Outlook

Author Information

United States Coast Guard

Date of Publication

2020 12:00 AM

Security Theme

IUU Fishing

Keywords

IUU Fishing, China, U.S. Coast Guard, Latin America, Africa, West Africa, exploitation, global mairtime security threat

Description

At-sea enforcement of the Nation’s living marine resource laws is an enduring U .S . Coast Guard mission . Working with our partners in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, our enforcement efforts have upheld the biological and economic sustainability of our Nation’s marine fisheries . The benefits of this mission abound: fishermen’s livelihoods are protected, ports in which catch is distributed remain economically robust, and U .S . seafood consumers are able to support an industry dedicated to the long-term sustainability of U .S . fisheries . Yet not all maritime nations have the capability to surveil their sovereign waters or the moral conscience to police their fleets; this lack of shared responsibility creates opportunities for exploitation in the form of Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing . This exploitation erodes both regional and national security, undermines maritime rules-based order, jeopardizes food access and availability, and destroys legitimate economies . IUU fishing has replaced piracy as the leading global maritime security threat . If IUU fishing continues unchecked, we can expect deterioration of fragile coastal States and increased tension among foreign-fishing Nations, threatening geo-political stability around the world

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United States Coast Guard - Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing Strategic Outlook

At-sea enforcement of the Nation’s living marine resource laws is an enduring U .S . Coast Guard mission . Working with our partners in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, our enforcement efforts have upheld the biological and economic sustainability of our Nation’s marine fisheries . The benefits of this mission abound: fishermen’s livelihoods are protected, ports in which catch is distributed remain economically robust, and U .S . seafood consumers are able to support an industry dedicated to the long-term sustainability of U .S . fisheries . Yet not all maritime nations have the capability to surveil their sovereign waters or the moral conscience to police their fleets; this lack of shared responsibility creates opportunities for exploitation in the form of Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing . This exploitation erodes both regional and national security, undermines maritime rules-based order, jeopardizes food access and availability, and destroys legitimate economies . IUU fishing has replaced piracy as the leading global maritime security threat . If IUU fishing continues unchecked, we can expect deterioration of fragile coastal States and increased tension among foreign-fishing Nations, threatening geo-political stability around the world