U.S. Coast Guard Release Strategy for IUU Fishing

A new 10-year strategy to bolster global safety against Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing was released Thursday by the U.S. Coast Guard.

The 40-page document entitled IUU Fishing Strategic Outlook stresses the agency’s commitment to fight illegal fishing practices and details a three-pronged effort that includes using innovative intelligence to target enforcement operations, exposing  “predatory and irresponsible State behavior,” and broadening its cooperation with multilateral fisheries enforcement agencies, including domestic and foreign partners.

“The Coast Guard’s IUU Fishing Strategic Outlook outlines the Service’s efforts to combat the scourge of IUU fishing over the next decade,” said Adm. Karl Schultz, commandant of the Coast Guard. “We are committed to working with our allies and like-minded partners to strengthen the international fisheries enforcement regime and counter this pervasive threat. As a recognized world leader in maritime safety, security and environmental stewardship, the Coast Guard has a responsibility to help build a coalition of partners willing to identify and address IUU fishing bad actors and model responsible global maritime behavior.”

Visit https://www.uscg.mil/Portals/0/Images/iuu/IUU_Strategic_Outlook_2020_FINAL.pdf for more on the strategy.

By Sarah Spangler