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U.S. Coast Guard IUU Fishing Enforcement-Related Capacity Building Training

The U.S. Coast Guard conducts international capacity building training that has varying degrees of applicability to IUU fishing enforcement. Trainings provided by the U.S. Coast Guard that are related to IUU fishing enforcement fall within three broad categories: general maritime law enforcement, small boat operations, and professional military education. Information regarding the capacity building training carried out by the U.S. Coast Guard can be found in the annual Foreign Military Training Joint Reports to Congress.

U.S. Coast Guard international training helps many nations strengthen their maritime services.  The U.S. Coast Guard provides training through the U.S. Coast Guard Academy International Cadet Program; leadership, management, and technical training provided at Coast Guard Schools and operational units in the United States; and Mobile Training Teams (MTTs) in host counties.  The Coast Guard receives reimbursement for all international training.

While the U.S. Coast Guard does not provide training courses tailored specifically for illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing enforcement, the following trainings have varying degrees of applicability for combating IUU fishing:  Basic Boarding Officer, Boarding Officer, Boarding Team Member, Curriculum Development Program, International Boarding Officer, International Maritime Officers Course, International Motor Lifeboat Coxswain, Joint Boarding Officer, Joint Small Boat Operations, Living Marine Resource Enforcement Assessment, Maritime Law Enforcement Instructor Development, Small Boat Operations Curriculum Development, Small Boat Operations I, Small Boat Operations II, and Small Boat Operations Instructor.  Detailed descriptions of each course can be found in the U.S. Coast Guard International Training Handbook, https://www.uscg.mil/international/docs/ITH15.pdf.

The trainings fall within three broad categories: general maritime law enforcement, small boat operations, and professional military education.  General maritime law enforcement trainings provide the foundation for conducting safe and effective fisheries enforcement boardings to combat IUU fishing.  Small boat operations training helps trainees safely conduct fisheries patrol activities and deliver boarding teams aboard vessels at sea.  The maritime law enforcement and boat operations instructor trainings build capacity for nations to train their own personnel those skills.  Professional military education training through the International Maritime Officers Course helps foster improved communication, cooperation, and camaraderie among international mid-grade military and civilian personnel; which are important for addressing IUU fishing across the globe.

Countries interested in requesting U.S. Coast Guard international capacity building training or assistance can do so by following the process outlined in Section II of the U.S. Coast Guard International Training Handbook.

Past IUU fishing enforcement related trainings conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard can be found in the annual Foreign Military Training Joint Reports to Congress.  These reports dating back to fiscal year 1999 are available on the U.S. State Department website here:  https://www.state.gov/t/pm/rls/rpt/fmtrpt/index.htm.

https://www.uscg.mil/international/training.asp.  For information regarding U.S. Coast Guard’s international training program please consult the International Training Handbook, https://www.uscg.mil/international/docs/ITH15.pdf.

U.S. Coast Guard IUU Fishing Enforcement-Related Capacity Building Training
Timeframe: Oct. 01, 2009 - Sep. 30, 2020
Project Status: On-going
Contact: Luke Slivinski
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Thematic Focus: Enforcement
Geographic Areas: East Africa, South Africa, West Africa, North Africa, North America, Central America, Caribbean, South America, Pacific Islands, South Asia, Southeast Asia, West Asia, Europe
Activity Type: Event
 
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