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The Battle Against Illicit Fishing
September 29

The Battle Against Illicit Fishing

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10:00 am - 12:30 pm. Time zone: America/New_York

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Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing is the leading global maritime security threat. Without direct action, illicit fishing stands to exacerbate food insecurity, diminish the economic stability of coastal States, and increase tension among foreign-fishing Nations. Combating IUU fishing on a global scale requires a strategic approach, including a network of information sharing between governments and private-public partnerships.

The American Security Project will be hosting two panel discussions to facilitate information sharing between private-public partnerships and the US government. The first panel will discuss the challenges associated with combating IUU fishing and include observations from the field. The panel will be moderated by Joshua Goodman, Associated Press Correspondent, and include the Hon. Major Gen. Daniel Dee Ziankahn, Jr. (Ret.), Liberian Minister of Defense; Admiral William Fallon, USN (Ret.); Rear Admiral Scott Clendenin, USCG; and Alex Cornelissen, Chief Executive Officer for Sea Shepherd Global.

The second panel will feature experts in leading maritime organizations and highlight the public-private links and strategies to monitor, control, and combat IUU fishing practices. ASP’s Senior Climate Fellow, David Haines, will moderate the second panel, including Peter Hammarstedt, Director of Campaigns for Sea Shepherd Global; Charles Rego, USN; and Sally Yozell, Senior Fellow and Director of the Environmental Security program at the Stimson Center.




About the Speakers

Maj. Gen. Daniel Ziankahn Jnr (Rtd) 

Minister Daniel D. Ziankahn, Jr., a retired Major General, is the thirty-sixth Minister of National Defense of Liberia. He is one of Liberia’s most decorated retired senior military leaders, bringing both theoretical and practical knowledge to the table in managing the defense sector of Liberia.

Minister Ziankahn holds a Master of Military Art and Science (MMAS) from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, USA. Honorable Ziankahn acquired an executive education from the Harvard Kennedy School by attending the Senior Managers in Government and Senior Leaders in National and International Security courses. Minister Ziankahn also received a bachelor’s degree- BBA in Business Management- from AME Zion University, Liberia.


Admiral William J. Fallon retired from the U.S. Navy after a distinguished 40-year military and strategic leadership career. He has led U.S. and Allied forces in eight separate commands and played a leadership role in military and diplomatic matters at the highest levels of the U.S. government.

As head of U.S. Central Command, Admiral Fallon directed all U.S. military operations in the Middle East, Central Asia, and the Horn of Africa, focusing on combat efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. He led the U.S. Pacific Command for two years, directing political-military activities in the Asia-Pacific region. His achievements include a resumption of military engagement with China, new outreach to India, a new agreement on a strategic framework with Japan, and humanitarian assistance to the victims of the 2004 Tsunami in South East Asia. He also served as Presidential Envoy to Japan, handling bi-lateral relations after the collision of a U.S. submarine and a Japanese fishing vessel.

Admiral Fallon was serving in the Pentagon as Vice Chief of the Navy on September 11, 2001. He directed the recovery of Navy staff in the wake of the attack and led the planning of the retaliatory attacks on Al Qaeda and Taliban forces in Afghanistan. He later commanded the U.S. Atlantic Fleet and U.S. Fleet Forces Command, with responsibility for the readiness of U.S. Naval forces worldwide.


Photo of Rear Admiral Scott W. ClendeninRear Admiral Scott Clendenin serves as the U.S. Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Response Policy. He is responsible for U.S. Coast Guard policy in seven operational mission areas, including emergency management and disaster response, defense operations, law enforcement, search and rescue, maritime security, counterterrorism, and marine environmental response.




Captain Alex Cornelissen is the current Chief Executive Officer for Sea Shepherd Global, an organization dedicated to protecting marine wildlife and ending habitat destruction in the world’s oceans. He first joined the organization in 2002, steadily gathering extensive experience and leadership skills. Having participated in more than 25 Sea Shepherd campaigns, he has played a crucial role in protecting marine wildlife globally.


Sally Yozell is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Environmental Security program at the Stimson Center. Yozell’s research examines the suite of environmental threats that can undermine national, regional, or global security. Her work focuses on ocean security, climate security, and wildlife protection.

Before joining Stimson, Yozell was a Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State. She provided advice and technical expertise to advance U.S. policies related to the ocean, climate, and wildlife protection in the international arena. She joined the State Department to support and manage the Our Ocean Conferences in 2014 and 2016. Her efforts helped steward close to $10 billion in conservation commitments and investments in marine protected areas, including expanding the Pacific Remote Islands and the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monuments.


Sea Shepherd UK - Captain Peter Hammarstedt Nominated for the 2018 Pritzker AwardPeter Hammarstedt Swedish-American Peter Hammarstedt, 36, is the Director of Campaigns for Sea Shepherd and is Chairman of Sea Shepherd Australia. He is captain of the ocean-going vessel Bob Barker, having spent more than 18 years at-sea including 10 years in Antarctica.

In 2014/15, the Bob Barker, with Peter as captain, set the world record for the longest pursuit of a poaching vessel at sea after chasing the Interpol-wanted fishing vessel Thunder for 110 days, covering three oceans and 11,000 nautical miles, before its captain intentionally sank his own vessel in the Gulf of Guinea in a bid to destroy evidence.

Since then, Peter, has provided civilian offshore patrol vessels (COPVs), under so-called ‘ship rider’ agreements, to the African coastal states of Liberia, Gabon, São Tomé and Príncipe, Benin, Namibia, The Gambia and Tanzania in order to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

On-going partnerships between Sea Shepherd and the law enforcement agents of African coastal and island States have resulted in the arrest of 73 vessels for illegal fishing and other fisheries crimes over the past five years; joint at-sea patrols have detected and deterred IUU fishing activity while also monitoring legal compliance by licensed fishing operators. The COPVs have served as critical platforms for capacity-building of law enforcement agencies in increasing monitoring, control and surveillance capabilities in the maritime domain.


Lt. j.g. Charles P. Rego, USNCharles Rego enlisted in the Air Force in August 1994 as an F-15 Fighter Aircraft Technician and spent time on active duty and in the Air Force and Navy Reserves. While enlisted, he also served as an MH-60G Flight Engineer and Special Agent. As a Special Agent in Charge, Rego was responsible for all Air Force counterintelligence, counterterrorism, and protective service operations impacting Air Force interests throughout South Florida. In October 2015, he received a direct commission in the Navy Reserve and now serves as the Division Officer for a U.S. Southern Command Targeting Team. Rego has been stationed in Hurlburt Field, FL; the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynco, GA; and Homestead Air Reserve Base (HARB), FL. Rego has deployed in support of many operations and exercises throughout U.S. Southern and Central Commands. Rego owns South Florida Lab Testing and Cambridge Commercial Capital, where he consults wealth management divisions of financial institutions.



Joshua Goodman poses for a portrait in Lima, Peru, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016. Goodman, a cross-format journalist and news manager who has reported from more than a dozen countries for The Associated Press, has been named news director for the Andes. Based in Bogota, Colombia, Goodman will lead video, text and photo operations for the AP in Colombia, Venezuela, Peru and Ecuador. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)Joshua Goodman is a Miami-based Latin America Correspondent for The Associated Press (AP), previously oversaw the AP’s coverage in the Andes and has worked and lived as a journalist in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Venezuela. He possesses more than two decades worth of experience working in Latin America and has reported from 13 different countries in the region. He has served as News Director Bureau Chief for Colombia, Venezuela, and Panama, leading big stories such as anti-government unrest in Venezuela and the volatile Colombian peace process.



David Haines is a Senior Fellow for Climate Security at the American Security Project. His research examines the national security implications of climate change.

From 2006-2020 he was an officer and aviator in the United States Marine Corps. He completed his active-duty service at the United States Naval Academy. He served as the Associate Chair for the Political Science Department and taught both American Government and the Politics of Irregular Warfare.

Haines was previously stationed in San Diego as an MV-22B Osprey pilot and Okinawa, Japan as a CH-46E pilot. He has deployed multiple times to the Middle East and in Southeast Asia.