Dead sharks are found in a ship’s hold, at sea, off the coast of Com in East Timor, in this undated photo made available by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society on September 15. The environmental protection group said it led East Timor police to a Chinese-owned fishing fleet with an allegedly illegal cargo of sharks. China’s boats do contribute significantly to illegal fishing but – at least from China’s perspective – not in Southeast Asian countries’ claimed waters in the South China Sea. Photo: EPA-EFE / Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Illegal fishing: A global problem, but not one the US Navy can solve

Mark J. Valencia says a recent proposal to treat illegal fishing as a global threat which the US Navy must address is not just impractical, but also creates suspicion and adds to the risk of war

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Dead sharks are found in a ship’s hold, at sea, off the coast of Com in East Timor, in this undated photo made available by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society on September 15. The environmental protection group said it led East Timor police to a Chinese-owned fishing fleet with an allegedly illegal cargo of sharks. China’s boats do contribute significantly to illegal fishing but – at least from China’s perspective – not in Southeast Asian countries’ claimed waters in the South China Sea. Photo: EPA-EFE / Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
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