USCG and China Coast GUard

Interdiction on the high seas

Large-scale drift net fishing on the high seas is not only illegal, it also poses a significant threat to our oceans’ ecosystems. Together with international partners, Coast Guard cutters routinely participate in efforts to detect and deter these activities. One such cutter is Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau, who recently transferred custody of the fishing vessel Yin Yuan, a 191-foot fishing vessel seized 625 miles east of Tokyo, Japan for large-scale high seas drift net fishing to the China Coast Guard vessel 2102.

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp meets with Korea Coast Guard Commissioner General Kim Suk Kyoon in Incheon, Sept. 13, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Annie R. B. Elis.

The Korea Coast Guard partnership

I had the distinct honor this past week to represent the U.S. Coast Guard during an official visit to the Republic of Korea, hosted by Korea Coast Guard Commissioner General Kim Suk Kyoon. This was my third stop in a series of official visits to strengthen ties with partner maritime governance organizations and learn more about the dynamic Asia-Pacific region.

Coast Guard Cutter Rush

International partnership nabs another drift net violator

A destructive fishing practice indiscriminately killing massive amounts of marine life is taking place in our world’s oceans. The practice of dragging enormous nets suspended for miles in open water is called high seas drift net fishing and is a form of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.