Coast Guard hosts seven-person Chinese working group in support of Operation North Pacific Guard

In support of the Unitied Nations resolution to prevent the use of large scale drift net fishing on the high seas, in 1993, the U.S. Coast Guard signed a bilateral memorandum of understanding with the (now) China Coast Guard to exchange shipriders as a result of strong Chinese connections to high seas drift net activity. Today, the Coast Guard continues their engagement with China as part of U.S. Coast Guard Operation North Pacific Guard.

Cmdr. Patrick Barelli, Coast Guard, Coast Guard 17th District Enforcement, reviews safety equipment with a Chinese working group while discussing U.S. Coast Guard Operation North Pacific Guard.

Cmdr. Patrick Barelli, with Coast Guard 17th District Enforcement, reviews safety equipment with a Chinese working group while discussing U.S. Coast Guard Operation North Pacific Guard.

Coast Guard 17th District personnel hosted a seven-person Chinese working group in support of Operation North Pacific Guard at Coast Guard Base Alameda, California, March 21-23. The Chinese delegation consisted of members from the China Coast Guard and the China Distance Water Fisheries Association. The United States side was led by a working group from the 17th District consisted of Cmdr. Patrick Barelli, representing District Enforcement Operations, Lt. Cmdr. Lane Munroe from the International Fisheries Enforcement Section, Captain Michael Wampler as the U.S. Coast Guard Liaison Officer to China and Lt. Karl Mueller representing District Legal.

The success of the United States and China in combating illegal fisheries is a direct reflection of their joint efforts to protect high seas fisheries in accordance with resolutions of the United Nations. Operation North Pacific Guard also represents the largest multinational effort by the U.S. to meet its commitments to combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing.

The working group focused on briefing the U.S. Coast Guard’s planned mission, establishing logistical support for Coast Guard Cutter shipriders, discussing enforcement procedures for interdiction of illegal activity and reviewing the memorandum of understanding between the United States and China.

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