The crew of the Palau Division of Marine Legislation Enforcement patrol boat PSS President HI Remeliik II coordinated with the Coast Guard to apprehend a suspected unlawful fishing vessel off Helen Reef, December tenth.
The U.S. Coast Guard dispatched sources that included an Air Station Barbers Level HC-130 Hercules search aircraft and the Coast Guard Cutter Myrtle Hazard, from Sector Guam, to assist the Authorities of Palau to guard their sovereignty and pure sources. The legislation enforcement motion by the crew of the Remeliik II represents the continued cooperation between the Republic of Palau, United States, Australia, Japan, and different companions to halt Unlawful, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing within the Pacific.
“Our bilateral agreements with Palau and different island nations are proving extremely impactful,” stated Cmdr. Jason Model, the Coast Guard Fourteenth District Chief of Enforcement. “IUU fishing has changed piracy because the main world maritime safety risk. If IUU fishing continues unchecked, we are able to count on a deterioration of fragile coastal States, collapse of crucial fish inventory populations and elevated stress amongst foreign-fishing nations, threatening geopolitical stability around the globe.”
U.S. Ambassador John Hennessey-Niland said, “it’s extra vital than ever that the worldwide group stands collectively for the rule of legislation and insists on higher environmental stewardship from Beijing.”
On December ninth, Palau Rangers close to Helen Reef reported witnessing an 80-foot vessel illegally fishing close by. In coordination with the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. World Protection Reform Program contractor assigned to Palau’s Maritime Legislation Middle, the crew of the Remeliik II was dispatched from Koror to apprehend the vessel.
The 20-hour legislation enforcement mission was the primary carried out by the Remeliik II, a brand new Guardian-class patrol boat as a part of Australia’s Pacific Maritime Safety Program. Myrtle Hazard joined Remeliik II and carried out a vessel boarding in accordance with bilateral agreements in place between Palau and the US.
“The Coast Guard continues to stay vigilant in monitoring and deterring Unlawful, Unreported, and Unregulated fishing that takes place inside our space of duty, to incorporate bilateral agreements with international companions,” stated Capt. Christopher Chase, Commander, Coast Guard Sector Guam. “Sector Guam’s strategic location and up to date addition of the brand new quick response cutters Myrtle Hazard and Oliver Henry showcase the Coast Guard’s potential to react shortly if conditions reminiscent of this come up.”
IUU fishing represents a risk to Pacific Island International locations and Territories’ efforts to make sure Pacific fish shares inside their Unique Financial Zones (EEZ) stay viable sources of vitamin and income for generations to return.
“The Coast Guard believes in a rules-based method to maritime governance,” stated Rear Admiral Matthew Sibley, Commander, Fourteenth Coast Guard District. “The U.S. wants a broad community of companions to eradicate this risk to our collective prosperity. Collectively, we are able to highlight unhealthy actors and root out this illicit habits.”
The fishing vessel and its 28 crew members had been introduced again to Koror and are at anchor whereas the investigation continues.
COVID-19 precautions have been carried out whereas the vessel stays in port.
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