Enforcement Activities in 2008
The United States’ Operation North Pacific Watch 2008 was conducted in July through November with USCG cutter
MUNRO with a number of USCG HC-130 deployments during the summer and fall to Shemya and Midway Islands. Japan Coast Guard (JCG) coordinated surveillance efforts with the USCG in September and October which sighted several fishing vessels, but none were configured for large-scale HSDN fishing.
The USCG cutter
MUNRO participated in a multi-national IUU fisheries enforcement patrol from July through November, which included enforcement coordination with NPAFC Parties and China.
MUNRO spent 67 days in the Convention Area.
The USCG cutter
JARVIS and the Russian Border Guard patrol vessel DZERJINSKIY conducted joint operations in August. No vessels of interest were detected.
On September 8, 2008,
MUNRO sighted LU RONG YU 2008, a Chinese flagged fishing vessel. The Chinese FLEC officer on board
MUNRO boarded the vessel and observed HSDN gear on board. The Chinese FLEC officer seized the vessel and
MUNRO escorted the vessel until it could turn over custody to a Chinese FLEC patrol vessel.
On October 24, 2008,
MUNRO embarked HH-65 helicopter sighted ZHE PU YU LENG 9, later intercepted by
MUNRO. The vessel had on board 10.8 nms of driftnet, a dismantled net tube and other large-scale HSDN fishing gear. The Chinese FLEC officer seized the vessel for violation of Chinese fishery laws for suspicion of fishing with large-scale HSDN gear. The vessel was escorted into the Sea of Japan where the vessel, crew and catch were transferred to a Chinese FLEC patrol vessel.
Special Agents and Enforcement Officers spent 139 hours either
deployed with USCG HC-130 and Canadian CP-140 patrol aircraft to
assist in the identification of vessels, or conducting
investigations into suspected illegal activity.
MUNRO carried multiple NOAA Satellite Tracked Drifter
Buoys to mark any significant marine debris for NOAA to track.
No untended nets were located in the Convention Area, but they
did find an abandoned and tangled driftnet in the Russian EEZ
containing salmon and birds.
MUNRO and JARVIS carried salmon tissue sampling
equipment for genetic analysis. No opportunities for sample
collection in the Convention Area were realized.
flew a total of 115 surveillance hours in 2008 and cutters
dedicated 72 patrol days in the NPAFC Convention Area. Several
potential HSDN vessels were sighted, resulting in two vessel
seizures by Chinese fishery enforcement authorities.
rigged for HSDN with one actively fishing were detected by the
USCG aircraft patrols. The most significant sightings were:
July 18, 2008, 43-31.7N, 174-01.5E
actively fishing with
nets extending 3.8 nm, hauling in
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August 16, 2008, in the Convention Area.
deploying another net directly in front
of MUNRO. Upon communications
being established by the Chinese FLEC
officer aboard MUNRO, the master
claimed to have Indonesian registry.
Later the Indonesian government stated
a potential HSDN vessel initially sighted by HH-65,
was unable to relocate.
Approximately 80 Chinese fishing vessels
were sighted and it is possible that the
vessel mingled with the fleet to avoid
Activities in 2009
The USCG will
continue their patrol with available aircraft and patrol vessels
at resource level to meet the suspected 2009 HSDN threats. USCG
will dedicate 200 aircraft hours and a minimum of 90 cutter days
in 2009. NOAA/NMFS will continue to place officer on available
Canadian HSDN surveillance flights in 2009 and patrol with USCG
HC-130 deployments when able. The USCG intends to continue
issuing Local Notices to Mariners prior to and during the high