2021 Indo-Pacific Maritime Security Exchange: Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing


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When: Sep 8 2021 (All day) until Sep 9 2021 (All day)
Where: Zoom

Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing has significant and far-reaching security, economic, and environmental implications for the Indo-Pacific. The 2021 Indo-Pacific Maritime Security Exchange (IMSE) aims to enrich understanding and foster dialogue on the global impact of IUU Fishing, emphasizing ways to combat it. 

The IMSE is designed to be a free and open exchange of perspectives, ideas, and professional assessments related to maritime security in the Indo-Pacific region with the enduring goal of building partnerships for security, stability, and economic prosperity. 


Join us for this two-day conference on September 8-9, 2021.  For your safety and convenience, this conference will be held virtually on Zoom. Register today!   

Sponsor opportunities available. 


  1. Learn about IUU Fishing and maritime security challenges. Dive deep into this complex global challenge, which impacts human rights, economic security, and political stability, affecting those especially in nations in the Indo-Pacific that depend on fisheries for food security and export income.   

  1. Be part of the solution. Countering IUU Fishing requires a collaborative multi-sector approach from the military, diplomats, law enforcement, and commercial arenas.  Explore ways to strengthen multi-national maritime military capability, law enforcement on the high seas, diplomatic efforts, and capacity-building efforts. 

  1. IMSE 2021 features an impressive line-up of senior maritime leaders and subject matter experts from around the Indo-Pacific.   

Speakers Include: 

  • Mark Zimring, Large Scale Fisheries Director, The Nature Conservancy 
  • VADM Linda Fagan, USCG, Vice-Commandant United States Coast Guard 
  • Michael Tosatto, Regional Administrator, Pacific Islands Regional Office, NOAA 
  • Paul Woods, Chief Innovation Officer and Co-Founder at Global Fishing Watch 
  • L. Alex Kahl, Natural Resources Manager and Advisor, National Marine Fisheries Service 
  • Dr. Asyura Salleh, Ph.D. Special Advisor for Maritime Security, Yokuska Council on Asia-Pacific Studies 
  • Dr. Tabitha Grace Mallory, Ph.D., Affiliate Professor, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington 
  • Dr. Camille Goodman, Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources 
  • David Hogan, Director, Office of Marine Conservation, US Department of State 
  • Liz Selig, Stanford University Center for Ocean Solutions 
  • Amanda Ellis, Executive Director, Hawaii & Asia-Pacific and Director of Strategic Partnerships, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation at Arizona State University 
  • Dr. Christopher Elvidge, NOAA/Colorado School of Mines Earth Observation Group 
  • A. Bradley Soule, Director of Intelligence at OceanMind 
  • RADM Matthew W. Sibley, USCG, District 14 Commander 
  • Bill Sharp, National Taiwan University 
  • CAPT Holly Harrison, USCG, Commanding Officer USS Kimball (WMSL 756) 
  • Mark Young, Executive Director at International Monitoring, Control, and Surveillance Network 
  • Dr. Carlyle Thayer, PhD., Emeritus Professor, University of New South Wales 
  • Dr. Cheng Sheng Lee, PhD., Executive Director, Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture, University of Hawaii 
  • Gregory Poling, Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia & Director, Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies 



The 2021 IMSE is produced in collaboration with the Navy League of the United States Honolulu Council, the East-West Center, the Daniel K. Inouye Center for Asia-Pacific Security Studies, and the Pacific Forum.  

Learn more at www.imsehawaii.org.  

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Ana Reidy