U.S. helps partners tackle illegal fishing

By ShareAmerica -Aug 30, 2021

image U.S. Coast Guard officials, seen in January with members of the Guyana Defense Force Coast Guard, are helping partner nations combat illegal fishing. (U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 3rd Class John Hightower)

The United States is helping partner nations combat illegal fishing to preserve food supplies, improve local economies and protect ecosystems.

The U.S. Coast Guard recently assisted the Pacific island nations of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and Palau in enforcing illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. The effort helped partner nations improve maritime security and maintain resources of fish — a staple of the food supply — according to Palau officials.

We “want to build up our own capacity to [be] able to face the challenges in the world around us,” said Jennifer Anson, Palau’s national security coordinator.

IUU fishing often encroaches on coastal states’ sovereign rights. It threatens seafood stocks, undermines science-based fisheries management and puts legitimate producers at an economic disadvantage. IUU fishing also has been associated with forced labor.


In July, the Coast Guard issued a plan for countering IUU fishing (PDF, 6.20MB) that prioritizes answering nations’ requests for training and technical assistance in combating illegal fishing. The plan implements a September 2020 strategy (PDF, 5.13MB) that called for more targeted and intelligence-driven enforcement, as well as greater international cooperation.

For example, the Coast Guard partnered with Guyana, Brazil, Uruguay and Portugal in March to combat illegal fishing in the Atlantic Ocean. During Operation Southern Cross, U.S. officials practiced radio communication techniques with the Guyana Defense Force and trained with Brazilian officers on maritime law enforcement.

U.S. officials also trained Ecuadorian prosecutors on enforcing against and deterring IUU fishing. In July, a former U.S. prosecutor traveled to Ecuador to support prosecutors in the Galápagos Islands, where in 2017 Ecuador seized a vessel carrying 300 tons of wildlife, mostly sharks.

“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,” Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander Jason Holstead said in a July statement on U.S. support for Pacific island nations’ efforts against IUU fishing.



  • The Island nations should be thankful to have a compact with the US, without the compact the resource probably collapsed by now like the other seas have.
  • Actual title-US secures stolen territory to prevent other competition from stealing indigenous resources.

    There's no such thing as partners when it comes to being under imperial us rule.
  • under imperial? that's the olden days Mrnobody, the reality is, the US is doing this free of charge to these islands nations but in return, they get to control this area from other major illegal players. I think this a win deal for these helpless nations.
  • The reason it's called the Compact of FREE Association is that both countries in a compact agreement VOLUNTARILY choose to sign it, and either side can voluntarily end it if they so choose.
  • Yes FM. exactly! and in this time and age, it will be hard for USA to do so, but some politicians in the US Congress are busy devaluing the agreement base on the defense denial rights since they never get to use it in the last few decades..
  • I agree, visafree. As the old saying goes, "Use it or lose it."
  • COFA didn’t exist then.We were forced to agree to this.Micronesia,Polynesia,&Melanesia will never belong to imperial USA.The pacific will and always be indigenous.The only illegal activity here are the western nations taking what valuable resources as they please well as further harming the environment with their military might.

    Keep barking you traitorous parasites when the revolution comes you will all be sorry.
  • Forced to agree? I believe there were negotiations that went on since the sixties. options were put on the tables, complete independent, commonwealth, or COFA. finally, COFA was the best option.. check your history Mr. Noboday.. and Stop the whining and bring something more productive at least?. have a good day!
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