As the world continues to follow rising tensions in the South China Sea, Stratfor Vice President of Strategic Analysis Rodger Baker will join a panel discussion on one of the key destabilizing issues in the region: illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. The dialogue on the geopolitics of overfishing and related challenges will be part of the Maritime Security Challenges 2016: Pacific Seapower (MSC16) conference held in western Canada this October.
The panel will explore how the growing complexity of the international political, legal and economic environment has spilled over into the maritime arena. Overfishing and climate change have become new sources of friction that threaten to complicate the ways in which societies rely on the sea and its resources.
“Fish and other marine foodstuffs are often overlooked and actively exploited resources that lead to frequent clashes outside of government control,” says Baker, who leads Stratfor’s analysis on geopolitical issues in the Asia-Pacific region. “A lack of government enforcement and strong regulation opens the door for ongoing exploitation and the violation of territorial waters.”
Intended to foster conversation on maritime affairs in the Pacific, MSC16 is hosted by the Navy League of Canada in association with the Royal Canadian Navy and Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. The conference is designed to acknowledge the full spectrum of maritime challenges and opportunities in the region, including naval warfare, navigation and communications, commercial shipping, fisheries and the safety of vessels and crews at sea. Stratfor is also a conference sponsor.
Other MSC16 discussion topics will include lawfare and geopolitics, presented by U.S. Navy Commander Jonathan Odom, and naval renewal in northeast Asia by Dr. Alessio Patalano of King’s College London.