Resources & Climate

The Security Impacts of IUU Fishing

Across the globe, illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing is a pervasive concern. IUU fishing not only threatens the environmental security of ocean ecosystems, but has serious implications for the food, economic, and national security of the United States and many countries around the world.

A panel of experts will explore the national security implications of IUU fishing and discuss potential solutions to the problem. Panelists will also discuss the importance of creating a whole-of-government approach to combat IUU fishing.

WHERE: SH-902, Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20002

WHEN: September 12, 2018, 12:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m., lunch is served at 12:15 p.m.

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Sally Yozell, Senior Fellow and Director, Environmental Security Program, Stimson Center

Yozell is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Environmental Security program at the Stimson Center. Sally’s research examines the links between environmental crime and global security issues — with a focus on combatting Illegal Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing and wildlife trafficking; identifying innovative technologies to fight IUU fishing in Marine Protected Areas; and understanding the connections between climate change and national security.

Prior to joining Stimson, Sally was a Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State, and the Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and Environment — where she oversaw the Our Ocean Conferences and provided technical expertise to advance U.S. policies related to ocean, coast, climate, and wildlife protection. In her time at State, Sally led international and government wide efforts to strengthen sustainable fisheries, and combat IUU fishing through the establishment of the Safe Ocean Network and increased use of Maritime Domaine Awareness, expanded seafood traceability, and the ratification and implementation of the Port State Measures Agreement Treaty.

RADM Meredith L. Austin, Rear Admiral, Deputy for Operations, Policy, and Capabilities, US Coast Guard

Rear Admiral Meredith Austin assumed the duties of the Coast Guard Deputy for Operations, Policy and Capabilities in August 2018. In this capacity, she is responsible for establishing and providing operational strategy, policy, capability and resources to meet national priorities for U.S. Coast Guard missions, programs and services.

Rear Admiral Austin has held several commands including Fifth District Commander, responsible for maritime safety and security missions carried out in the Mid-Atlantic region; Sector Delaware Bay, executing the Coast Guard’s eleven statutory missions along the coasts of New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania; the Pacific Strike Team and the National Strike Force, responding to oil and hazardous substance spills and threats from Weapons of Mass Destruction in support of Coast Guard, Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Defense On-Scene Coordinators throughout the United States, its territories, and other nations.

VADM Michael T. Franken, Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy (ret.)

Vice Admiral Franken is the CEO of Chartwell, a strategy advisory group specializing in diplomacy, development, and defense matters both in the U.S. and abroad. He is experienced in international affairs, ocean policy discussions, infrastructure, aid, and energy projects, interagency processes, curriculum development, and worldwide warfare trends in cyber, artificial intelligence, unmanned systems, and space.

In a 36-year military career, Admiral Franken served as director of a defense agency and commanded a combined joint task force in Djibouti, a task group of ships and submarines in the Persian Gulf, a squadron of destroyers, and he commissioned the USS WINSTON S CHURCHILL (DDG 81).

He served in numerous policy, operations, and assessment positions in Washington, DC, and multiple times in congressional liaison including as Navy’s chief of legislative affairs.

David Veal, Ph.D., Executive Director, American Shrimp Processors Association

David Veal is Executive Director of the American Shrimp Processors Association (ASPA), which works for the betterment of the U.S. domestic shrimp fishery at all levels, from vessels to consumption. He is a former professor of Agricultural Engineering and former Director of the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi, Mississippi. Veal received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Florida and his Ph.D. from Clemson University. He has an extensive background in research and extension education dealing with renewable natural resources and is author or co-author of numerous publications relating to utilization of our renewable natural resources, from agriculture to seafood.

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