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    China a Target of US Coast Guard's New Anti-Illegal Fishing Strategy

    The United States Coast Guard has called out China’s massive distant-water fishing fleet for extractive practices in the waters of its Southeast Asian neighbors and off the coasts of Central America and West Africa.


    The criticism came on Thursday as the Coast Guard unveiled an ambitious new strategy for tackling illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing (IUU), and as Vietnam detained a Chinese fishing boat for intruding into waters off its coast in the Gulf of Tonkin.


    Adm. Karl Schultz, commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, said illegal fishing had overtaken counter-narcotics and anti-piracy as the most important priority for maritime security around the globe, noting that it “threatens a host nation’s ability to protect their stable resources.”


    “It’s bigger than catching a few boats with illegal tuna,” Schultz said at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a Washington-based think tank.


    “This is really about systemic violations of sovereign nation rights. It’s about threatening sovereignty, economic security, a weakening of the global rules-based order, and that’s why I think the coastguard has an opportunity at this time to put some lines of effort together here to really get after a threat.”


    The strategy report unveiled at Thursday’s event listed three priorities: better intelligence and detection of the actors behind illegal fishing for more effective anti-IUU enforcement, countering state-sponsored “predatory fishing,” and multilateral cooperation.


    Combating IUU fishing was one issue where both the Obama and Trump administrations sought to take action, said Sally Yozell, director of the Environmental Security program at the Stimson Center, another U.S. think-tank.


    “Illegal, unreported, unregulated fishing really hurts honest fishermen,” she said in an interview with Radio Free Asia (RFA), but noted that it was now also being viewed more explicitly as a security concern. BenarNews is affiliated with RFA.


    The U.S. Coast Guard’s new strategy singles out for attention China’s state-sponsored fishing fleets.


    Adm. Craig S. Faller, commander of the U.S. military’s Southern Command – whose area of responsibility covers the Caribbean, Central America and Latin America – said Thursday that the Coast Guard’s combatting of IUU fishing would be part of the U.S. “great power competition” with China.


    China has the largest distant-water fishing fleet in the world and is also the number one source of IUU fishing, according to the IUU Fishing Index, which ranks countries on their enforcement practices.


    “On the one hand, China is trying to do better on paper. There’s new fishing rules and regulations and all the rest. However, they don’t seem to be enforcing their fleets, which is a really big deal whether it’s in West Africa, the Pacific, or North Korea,” Yozell said.


    Yozell believes China’s distant-water fishing fleet is likely larger than official numbers show, too, as China classifies fishing boats operating in waters it claims as part of its domestic fishing fleet.


    China maintains it has “historic rights” to nearly the entirety of the South China Sea, including portions of its Southeast Asian neighbors’ exclusive economic zones. China has asserted its claim to the disputed waters with fishing fleets in the past, backed up by its powerful China Coast Guard (CCG).


    Vietnam intercepts Chinese boat


    On Thursday, Vietnam’s coastguard took action in the Gulf of Tonkin where an agreement between Vietnam and China on fishing cooperation expired at the end of June.


    Vietnamese state media reported that the coastguard caught two Chinese fishing vessels intruding into Vietnamese waters off the northern city of Mong Cai. One vessel fled and the other was detained along with its nine crew. The vessel and crew were subsequently released.


    Vessel tracking data seen by BenarNews shows two more Chinese fishing vessels were operating Friday within 200 nautical miles off of Ho Chi Minh City, in southern Vietnam, near the submerged Vanguard Bank area.


    Another fishing boat sailed within 50 nautical miles of Tuy Hoa, farher north along Vietnam’s coast, on Tuesday. Frequently, Chinese fishing vessels pass through or start to operate in the South China Sea, and turn off their Automatic Identification Signal (AIS) to avoid detection.


    Chinese ships farther afield


    China has also been accused of exploiting the waters off the coast of West Africa in the past. The Ghana National Canoe Fishermen Council published an open letter in May accusing Chinese fishing trawlers of masquerading themselves as Ghanaian companies to circumvent local regulations against foreign fishing.


    Hundreds of Chinese commercial fishing vessels hovered outside the exclusive economic zone of Ecuador from June through August, logging more than 73,000 hours while fishing for squid in the biodiverse waters off the Galapagos Islands, according to a recent report by the environmental non-profit Oceana.


    China’s rapacious squid-hunting fleets have depleted the livelihood of North Korean coastal communities and driven North Korean fishermen to a deadly level of desperation, a landmark report by NBC News found in July.


    “It’s pretty much a big issue wherever China fishes,” Yozell pointed out. “There’s just a lot of unreported [fishing]. I’d say that’s the biggest problem in the IUU. A small island state or a less developed state … where they have less capacity to enforce and monitor, may provide a legal license for a foreign vessel to fish for a certain amount. And then that vessel may take two or three or five times as much as they’re supposed to. And that’s the unreported. That’s just taking advantage of countries who are not able to enforce management and quota and licenses.”


    The U.S. Coast Guard is apparently honing international partnerships and stepping up its presence in the Pacific to counter this.


    The commandant promised a greater presence of its ships, more capacity-building, and more coastguard-to-coastguard cooperation among the Pacific Islands and Oceania, where the U.S. holds overseas territories like Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, and maintains Compacts of Free Association with the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and Palau.


    However, Yozell expressed lingering questions over whether the U.S. Coast Guard was capable of carrying out everything promised in its new strategy.


    “They haven’t received additional resources in their budget to handle IUU,” she said. “The Coast Guard is one of the most stretched agencies. That’ll be the big key. They can talk the talk, but will they walk the walk with additional resources to implement it?”

    China a Target of US Coast Guard's New Anti-Illegal Fishing Strategy

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    They're fcuking everywhere all at once, detain the crew, confiscate the catch and the boat; stick with it, make illegal fishing an unproductive enterprise, even for the Chinese.

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    China has the largest distant-water fishing fleet in the world and is also the number one source of IUU fishing, according to the IUU Fishing Index, which ranks countries on their enforcement practices.
    Fucking chinky parasites. Sink them.

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    ^ Don't get yourself worked up Harry, you may blow a head gasket. jabir had a much more realistic solution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    ^ Don't get yourself worked up Harry, you may blow a head gasket. jabir had a much more realistic solution.
    It seems you can't make a comment here without some pleb complaining that you're "getting worked up".

    Taken your failed Japanese drugs yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Taken your failed Japanese drugs yet?
    They aren't failed, they are approved and used as flue medicine, they are just not allowed to be sold as covid-19 medicine in Japan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    ^ Don't get yourself worked up Harry, you may blow a head gasket.
    Please kindly let him express his unbiased obsession...

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    Another election looming? Sure- so lets play the China card, again and again. Russian hackers are sooo passe', so last election. Isn't this all getting a bit too obvious?

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    So, you're saying that China is keeping within the guidelines for fishing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    They aren't failed, they are approved and used as flue medicine, they are just not allowed to be sold as covid-19 medicine in Japan.
    Yes, highly appropriate as a "flue" medicine.



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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Yes, highly appropriate as a "flue" medicine.
    That is what it was developed for.
    Some countries (not only China and Russia) say that it shortens the treatment time when given to corona patients, Japan think that there is not evidence enough to classify it for corona treatment.
    The vaccine which Russia expects to be first out with is no this medicine (which isn't a vaccine).
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    Derp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Vietnam intercepts Chinese boat

    On Thursday, Vietnam’s coastguard took action in the Gulf of Tonkin where an agreement between Vietnam and China on fishing cooperation expired at the end of June.

    Vietnamese state media reported that the coastguard caught two Chinese fishing vessels intruding into Vietnamese waters off the northern city of Mong Cai. One vessel fled and the other was detained along with its nine crew. The vessel and crew were subsequently released.
    The Vietnamese appear to have it under control and have a resolution mechanism.

    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    China has also been accused of exploiting the waters off the coast of West Africa in the past. The Ghana National Canoe Fishermen Council published an open letter in May accusing Chinese fishing trawlers of masquerading themselves as Ghanaian companies to circumvent local regulations against foreign fishing.
    Accused, did the Ghana government issue a statement?

    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Hundreds of Chinese commercial fishing vessels hovered outside the exclusive economic zone of Ecuador
    Outside the economic zone.

    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    The U.S. Coast Guard is apparently honing international partnerships
    Honing, so no country had authorised ameristani warships to interfere in their own jurisdiction, yet.

    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    They can talk the talk, but will they walk the walk with additional resources to implement it?”
    A regime funded propaganda site stirring shit.

    Quote Originally Posted by jabir View Post
    They're fcuking everywhere all at once, detain the crew, confiscate the catch and the boat; stick with it, make illegal fishing an unproductive enterprise, even for the Chinese.
    Agree with your method. Not sure what ameristani regime will deliver.

    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Isn't this all getting a bit too obvious?
    Only to those who are not biased already
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    If the world doesn't stop these parasitic chinkies hoovering up everyone else's fish stocks, there will be no fish for anyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    If the world doesn't stop these parasitic chinkies hoovering up everyone else's fish stocks, there will be no fish for anyone.
    But that's ok for people like Klondyke, sabang and OhOh . . . fish stock depletion will affect our children's generation, not us - except through higher prices . . . and let's not even broach the issue of the ecosystem.

    Aahh, how nice it must be to justify everything with dogma.

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    Honestly, I am very touched by the TD sheep herd's new found concern about sustainable fishing practises, because the MSM has publicised the fact a sizable Chinese squidding fleet has been operating in international waters outside the Galapagos marine reserve- shortly before the next US Presidential election, which of course I am sure is pure coincidence and nothing to do with the current whipped up anti- Chinese hysteria. Do you think some of them were spying too? Or perhaps trying their hand at netting some rare Patagonian toothfish, from a squidding vessel? Yeh, gotta be innit.

    Honestly, I am touched- given the fact that I have a long standing interest in, and considerably more knowledge of this than the average layman. As a naval officer, I personally participated in intercept and apprehend operations of Indonesian and one Taiwanese fishing vessel in Australian waters, the NW shelf. I suppose I could share some of this with you and several other things too, but given sad case that TD has become, I really cannot be bothered. Pearls before swine.

    It clearly far surpasses in importance the wholesale destruction of Amazonian rainforest so we can eat cheap big macs, or the wholesale destruction of Sumatran rainforest & orangutan habitat, so we can have cheap palm oil to fry our food in, and load our women's cosmetics with. It is the quintessential issue of the moment, because it is in the papers. Carry on, TD- your perspicacity and brilliance impresses, as always. Don't allow anyone to manipulate you now.
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    The whole lot bothers me....substantially.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    new found concern about sustainable fishing practises
    If you think anything about China's sea-rape is "new found" <sic> or related to the US elections then you're thicker than previously thought

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    Yes, only China. Sigh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Yes, only China. Sigh.
    That's quite myopic of you

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    Well, if it makes you feel any better I'm doing my bit- I boycott Thai tinned seafood! That's because of both ecological and humanitarian factors. Some political too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Yes, only China. Sigh.
    Please be careful on "whatsaboutism", that's something we do not want to hear it here.

    For the overfishing of Japan, their whale killing, not to speak what the Norway do, and surely not about Canada seals hunt, for that there are other forums.

    Here we are concerned only about wrong doing of China, Russia, NK, Iran, Venezuela, to name just few. (lately Belarus is our favorite...)

    And of course wrong doing and lying of Trump's (do not to dare to mention his Covid19 killing)...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Yes, only China. Sigh.
    You cretin.

    China has the largest distant-water fishing fleet in the world and is also the number one source of IUU fishing, according to the IUU Fishing Index, which ranks countries on their enforcement practices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    Please be careful on "whatsaboutism", that's something we do not want to hear it here.

    For the overfishing of Japan, their whale killing, not to speak what the Norway do, and surely not about Canada seals hunt, for that there are other forums.

    Here we are concerned only about wrong doing of China, Russia, NK, Iran, Venezuela, to name just few. (lately Belarus is our favorite...)

    And of course wrong doing and lying of Trump's (do not to dare to mention his Covid19 killing)...
    If you wish to bring those up fine. Start another thread and puts some facts up. The Australian govt has made many representations in trying to prevent the whale killings by Japan and Norway and is supported I would say by the vast majority of Australians myself included.
    I have a bumper sticker thats says "support whale conservation... eat a Japanese" so it's hardly an unknown or avoided subject in my country despite close trade ties with Japan.
    You can add clubbing fur seals etc to that. I might look for "Club A Canuk" bumper sticker.
    The current subject is Chinese over fishing.
    Please bring up facts and figures (verifiable) on other countries that overfish to the same extent and many on TD will condemn the culprits with equal vigour, myself included. (Why do I have the feeling it's probably inadvisable to hold my breath while waiting)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh Cow View Post
    The current subject is Chinese over fishing.
    That's hardly a deterrent for the freak to stay on topic.




    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh Cow View Post
    Please bring up facts and figures (verifiable) on other countries that overfish to the same extent and many on TD will condemn the culprits with equal vigour, myself included. (Why do I have the feeling it's probably inadvisable to hold my breath while waiting)
    Yea, you'd be turning purple waiting

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