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Illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing undermines the economic and environmental sustainability of the fishing industry in the U.S. and globally.
The U.S. works internationally to combat illegal fishing at sea.
In May 2019, we issued a report examining whether there are racial, ethnic, or gender disparities in the military justice system. Among other things, we found the military services do not collect consistent information on race, ethnicity, and gender making it more difficult to identify disparities.
Climate change has led to record low levels of ice in the U.S. Arctic—prolonging the shipping season and opening up shipping routes. This may expand economic opportunities, but harsh weather and ice conditions—plus the lack of maritime infrastructure—pose safety risks.
In October 2015, a cargo ship from the United States sank at sea during a hurricane, killing all 33 crew members. Concerns with the ship’s safety plan raised questions about how the Coast Guard ensures that U.S. commercial ships comply with safety regulations.
Coast Guard icebreakers can ensure year-round access to the Arctic—critical to protecting U.S. economic and national security interests in the region.
We testified on the Coast Guard’s Arctic strategy and capabilities, including icebreaking.
The Coast Guard and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) collectively spend billions of dollars to replace aging ships that conduct search and rescue, icebreaking, and research missions.
The Coast Guard and Navy are planning to invest up to $9.8 billion to build and maintain three heavy polar icebreakers to conduct missions in the Antarctic and Arctic. The first ship is scheduled for delivery in 2023.
The Coast Guard and Navy are preparing to build three heavy polar icebreakers to conduct missions in the Antarctic and Arctic. The single active heavy polar icebreaker is reaching the end of its useful service life.
This interim report provides an update on the shipbuilding effort.