U.S. Coast Guard Partnering in Oceania. U.S. Coast Guard Partnering in Oceania. Search and Rescue Operations Maritime Surveillance Enforcement Operations Environmental Response Partnerships. Bilateral Enforcement U.S. Shiprider Program.
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U.S. Coast Guard Partnering in Oceania • Search and Rescue Operations • Maritime Surveillance • Enforcement Operations • Environmental Response Partnerships
Bilateral Enforcement U.S. Shiprider Program • “[U.S. Shiprider Operations] are regarded as the most effective surface surveillance and response activity conducted by an external player.” • – Australian Strategic Policy Institute, May 2011 • Cook Islands Boarding Operation supported by a USCG Boarding Team, November 2011 • Nine Bilateral U.S. Shiprider Agreements • $5M in Revenue From Fines for Pacific Island Countries Since 2008
Bilateral Maritime Surveillance USCG Shiprider Operations Shiprider operations occur in concert with USCG patrols of U.S. EEZs and surrounding high seas under Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) This trend indicates a marked increase in compliance attributed to law enforcement presence in the region Interdiction and Seizure in FSM EEZ A USCG Boarding Team Pictured with members of Kiribati Police and Ministry of Fisheries & Marine Resource Development
USCG & US Navy Joint OperationsOceania Maritime Security Initiative USCG enforcement liaison searching for illegal fishing vessels from aboard US Navy Ship “OPP” or “OMSI Phase I”
U.S. Coast GuardSearch and Rescue • “Preventive SAR” • SAR Operations (air/surface) • SAR Training • SME Exchange • Drift modeling INITIAL DISTRESS POSITION A Kiribati family of four missing at sea for six days was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard and Royal New Zealand Air Force. 350 NM GUAM
The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) • Convention to develop Protocol Concerning Co-operation in Combating Pollution Emergencies in the South Pacific Region (Formed during Noumea Convention, New Caledonia 1986) • Charged by the governments and administrations of the Pacific region with the protection and sustainable development of the region's environment. • Supported by USCG District 14 and the Oceania Regional Response Team (ORRT) • D14 Hosted latest SPREP workshop to develop PACIFIC ISLANDS REGIONAL MARINE SPILL CONTINGENCY PLAN (PACPLAN) – a template for Marine Environmental Response for Pacific Island Nations