Coast Guard To Help Combat Illegal Fishing

March 31, 2023

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Rollin Fritch arrived in Bermuda today as part of the second annual fisheries enforcement operation.

A spokesperson said, “U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Rollin Fritch [WPC-1119] arrived in Bermuda today as part of the second annual fisheries enforcement operation in concert with the Bermuda Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Royal Bermuda Regiment, Bermuda Coast Guard Unit, and Bermuda Police Services. The cutter will patrol seaward of the Bermuda Exclusive Economic Zone [EEZ], in adjacent international waters.

“The joint operation expands upon last year’s fisheries enforcement operation, which encountered multiple foreign flagged fishing vessels operating in the region outside of Bermuda’s EEZ. These collective efforts advance the long-standing U.S.-Bermuda partnership, as well as emphasize the continued need to protect the environment and living marine resources against illegal, unreported and unregulated [IUU] fishing, a global issue also prevalent in the Mid-Atlantic.”

Rollin Fritch in Bermuda March 2023

“I am proud to welcome the U.S. Coast Guard back to Bermuda for this important operation,” said U.S. Consul General to Bermuda Karen Grissette. “The second year of this fisheries enforcement operation strengthens and expands the United States’ strategic partnership with Bermuda and increases our interoperability. This type of collaboration with our strategic partners is critical to confronting transnational challenges.”

“Once again it is an honor for Bermuda to be receiving the U.S. Coast Guard in our waters,” noted Deputy Premier of Bermuda and Minister of Home Affairs, Walter Roban. “This operation continues cooperation with the U.S. Government in supporting illegal, unreported fishing and other unacceptable activity in our waters.

“All is as a result of a meeting held with the former National Climate Advisor to U.S. President Biden, Gina McCarthy, at COP26 where we discussed matters important to Bermuda and the United States. The willingness of the United States to support Bermuda in our effort to oversee our EEZ is in step with our centuries’ long relationship as neighbors. My gratitude on behalf of the people of Bermuda extends to the U.S. Government, the U.S. Consul General’s Office and their team in Bermuda for facilitating the support we will continue to get from the United States Coast Guard.”

The spokesperson said, “As the worldwide demand for fish as a protein source continues to grow, IUU fishing will have a profound impact on the security of all countries with a maritime boundary. Left unenforced, IUU fishing will threaten global geo-political security, undermine maritime governance, and impact a nation’s ability to achieve domestic food security.”

“The impacts of IUU-F are pervasive and far-reaching as it threatens local, regional and global fish stocks; undermines a nation’s sovereignty as well economic security; and weakens maritime governance designed to protect the sea itself, said Rear Adm. Shannon Gilreath, commander of the Coast Guard Fifth District. “We need to eradicate this threat to collective prosperity by spot lighting bad actors and rooting out illicit behavior.”

The spokesperson said, “The Sentinel-class fast response cutter is a key component of the Coast Guard’s offshore fleet that is capable of deploying independently to conduct missions that include port, waterways and coastal security; fishery patrols; search and rescue; and national defense.”

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  1. Marine Life says:

    Good, we welcome back the US Coastguard for these kind of operations. They are a good friend. Many US Nationals come here on business and holiday.
    Think about it, the talk on independence’ would provide what kind of defensive for this Island as we do need it in a number of different ways. Just be Leary of the Dimwits that cry beside and above you that live in a fantasy. Bermuda cannot proficiently or professionally defend itself as no sovereign Nation! We will always need help from the big countries! We are microscopic dot on the world map. Even though a pretty Island despite the man-induced ills.

  2. We…honor ….we welcome back…I in fact do , but I tell you do not presume to put words in my mouth.
    Definitively good news for mariners and drug interdictment….there has been a diver down flag at five fathom hole for fifty years they pick fake sincs off hull of ships waiting for pilots…go figure…

  3. Falkland islands were well defended but the more the merrier.

  4. Mr. Wolfy says:

    Overseas fishing vessels are catching less in our waters due to their over fishing so they complained , removing us from our own food source.