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PacNote #8 – Upcoming Event Opportunity from Navy League of the United States: Indo-Pacific Maritime Security Exchange 2021

Pacific Forum is pleased to share an upcoming hybrid live-virtual event opportunity hosted by our friends at Navy League of the United States. Please see the full announcement below for additional information and how to register.


September 8-9, 2021

Honolulu, HI | Imin International Conference Center

A Hybrid Live-Virtual Event

The Indo-Pacific Maritime Security Exchange (IMSE) is produced by Navy League of the United States Honolulu Council. The enduring IMSE theme is Building Partnerships for Security, Stability and Prosperity. IMSE’s purpose is to provide a forum for senior leaders, subject matter experts, and interested members of the public to engage in dialogue about maritime security in the Indo-Pacific region.

IMSE 2021 will explore Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing – why it is a big problem in the region and how it can be combatted. Assisting in the production of IMSE 2021 are the East West Center, the Daniel K. Inouye Center for Asia-Pacific Security Studies, and Pacific Forum.

Countering threats to maritime security in the region requires the collaborative efforts of like-minded nations in the military, diplomatic, law-enforcement, and commercial arenas. IMSE will examine these efforts by featuring senior maritime leaders and subject matter experts from the region as speakers and panelists examining a broad range of topics to include the strengthening of multi-national maritime military capability, capacity building efforts that include security assistance and cooperation, law-enforcement on the high seas, and diplomatic efforts. The conference will give attendees ample opportunities for informal interaction through several informal networking social events to include coffee breaks, meals, and receptions.

Learn more about IMSE here:
[email protected] if you want to be a part of this important event.

Speakers Include:

Mark Zimring, Large Scale Fisheries Director, The Nature Conservancy

VADM Linda Fagan, USCG, Vice-Commandant United States Coast Guard

Michael Tosatto, Regional Administrator, Pacific Islands Regional Office, NOAA

Paul Woods, Chief Innovation Oficer and Co-Founder at Global Fishing Watch

L. Alex Kahl, Natural Resources Manager and Advisor, National Marine Fisheries Service

Dr. Asyura Salleh, PhD. Special Advisor for Maritime Security, Yokuska Council on Asia-Pacific Studies

Dr. Tabitha Grace Mallory, Ph.D., Affiliate Professor, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington

A. Bradley Soule, Director of Intelligence at OceanMind

RADM Matthew W. Sibley, USCG, District 14 Commander

CAPT Holly Harrison, USCG, Commanding Officer USS Kimball (WMSL 756)

Mark Young, Executive Director at International Monitoring, Control, and Surveillance Network

ADM John C. Aquilino, USN, Commander USINDOPACOM (Invited)

Dr. Carlyle Thayer, PhD., Emeritus Professor, University of New South Wales

Mr. Bill Sharp, National Taiwan University

Dr. Cheng Sheng Lee, PhD., Executive Director, Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture, University of Hawaii

Gregory Poling, Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia & Director, Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies