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U.S. Navy & Coast Guard Monitor IUU Fishing In WCP Together

Coast Guardsmen are preparing for a voyage west of Hawaii to help monitor illegal fishing in federal waters. They are teaming up with the Navy, and is now onboard the USS Crommelin, which left Pearl Harbor Monday morning for a six month deployment. The guardsmen will be able to board and inspect ships suspected of fishing illegally, since Navy sailors don't have the authority. However both groups won't be making any arrests.

“What we're going to be doing is documenting, taking pictures and positional information, speaking to these vessels over the radio,” USS Crommelin Commander Kevin Parker said. “And convey this information to the coast guard who in turn is going to provide it to the necessary enforcement agencies in a particular country.”

The vessel will be passing through federal waters around American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The sailors will also be participating in training exercises in the Western Pacific.