Coast Guard Cutter Washington participates in Operation Kurukuru

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Washington (WPB 1331) participates in Operation Kurukuru off the waters of Palau, October 16, 2019. Operation Kurukuru is a Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency operation whose goal is to detect and counter illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing activities. (U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew West/Released)

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(dramatic music)

Half a day in the lead from Palau EEZ, Lieutenant Grant Rutter, Commanding Officer, Coast Guard Cutter Washington. And today myself and the crew, are out here conducting Operation Kurukuru, which is a Forum Fisheries Agency operation. Suppressed illegal, unreported, unregulated fisheries, in Palau and EEZ, and across Oceania. (dramatic music)

[Man] All right, EEZ 2.

The way it works is, Cutter Washington is here, exercising a U.S/Palau bilateral ship rider agreement, wherein Coast Guard Cutter Washington, has translated to Palau, and we have picked up a Palauan law enforcement officer, and he is functioning as a ship rider. He provides the authority and Cutter Washington and the crew provide the means. (dramatic music)

Hi, my name is Duke Joseph. I’m a Seaman onboard PSS Kedam, the one right behind me, the white one. Right now we are on the Operation Kurukuru. So we are basically, protecting our Palau EEZ waters. (hopeful music)

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