July 11, 2018

Coast Guard, Private Sector Can Work Together to Enhance Maritime Security

The United State Coast Guard (USCG) plays an important role in combating illegal fishing and organized transnational crime, says its Commandant, Admiral Karl Schultz. On July 11th, Admiral Schultz joined the Oceans Caucus Foundation on Capitol Hill to discuss, with members of the U.S. Congressional Oceans Caucus and ICCF business and NGO partners, the importance of maritime security and the USCG’s role.

Maritime security threats come in many forms, including natural disasters, piracy, transnational organized crime, and illegal fishing. The U.S. Coast Guard is the United States’ main line of defense, utilizing key resources and partnerships, including with the private sector.

To provide an example of private-sector efforts to help address these threats, Art Min, Vice President for Impact at Vulcan, Inc. was invited to speak about his company’s continued research on developing advanced technological systems that can provide essential information to groups like the Coast Guard. “Vulcan is working to bridge the gap between policy and intelligence,” Min emphasized, also suggesting that collaboration with the Coast Guard would help make reducing illegal maritime activity a feasible reality.

Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) and Dan Sullivan (AK) and Congressman John Garamendi (CA) each spoke during discussion about the importance of the Coast Guard’s work to protect U.S. waters and the need for bipartisan support in Congress, along with support from the private sector, to help shape policy to further protect and preserve the ocean.

Working together at all levels of government, in collaboration with the private sector, is pivotal in moving forward, Admiral Schultz said in his remarks, emphasizing the need for collaboration in order to make progress.

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