USS Wayne E. Meyer conducts fisheries patrol exercise

USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) and LM24 Cuenca, an Ecuadorian naval vessel, perform a passing exercise in the Pacific Ocean, Nov. 22 as part of an exercise with the Ecuadorian navy to combat illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing in the Pacific Ocean.

Story and photo by Littoral Combat Group One Public Affairs

Sailors assigned to USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) conducted a fisheries patrol exercise with the U.S. Coast Guard and Ecuadorian naval assets in the Pacific Ocean, Nov. 22.

The ship, along with an embarked U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) from Tactical Law Enforcement Team Pacific and a P-8A Poseidon aircraft from Patrol Squadron (VP) 16, coordinated with Ecuadorian navy assets to execute the counter-illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing in an exercise.

The purpose of the exercise is to build proficiencies in detecting and deterring IUU fishing in the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility and to support internationally recognized fisheries laws and the suppression of illicit activities.

“Combating illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing is a top international priority,” said Cmdr. Jamie Hopkins, the commanding officer of USS Wayne E. Meyer.

“It’s a worldwide problem estimated to cost the global fishing industry billions of dollars a year.”

The range and versatility of U.S. Navy assets allow the embarked U.S. Coast Guard LEDET and partner nations to quickly identify and respond to illicit maritime activities.

“I am grateful each time that we get to work with the U.S. Navy and regional partners,” said Lt. j.g. Mike Brooks, the deployable team leader of the embarked U.S. Coast Guard LEDET. “It is a mission with deep purpose and relevance. It allows us to build capacity and interoperability so we can assist our partners with enforcing fisheries laws and protect their economy in the eastern Pacific. A large number of states depend on fisheries for food security and export income, and we help to preserve both.”

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