10:30 am EST - 11:30 am EST

Past Event

Temperatures rising: Illegal and unregulated fisheries, climate change, and armed conflict at sea

Co-hosted with World Wildlife Fund USA

Thursday, February 01, 2024

10:30 am - 11:30 am EST

Online Only

From rising tensions in the Arctic to geopolitical spillover in the Red and Black seas and direct threats to undersea infrastructure in the Baltic, the oceans — increasingly recognized as a vital part of the global economy and ecology — have become a locale of armed conflict. As illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing grows in scale and spreads in geography, this too threatens to become a vector of insecurity. Both state and nonstate actors are engaged in this activity, which threatens livelihoods and regional stability.

On Thursday, February 1, Brookings and World Wildlife Fund USA hosted a discussion on the changing dynamics of IUU fishing and conflict to help forge a better understanding of the relationships at play and the options for prevention. The event offered a roadmap for improved policy and examine the progress and opportunities, new data, technologies, and partnerships available to help manage potential conflict.

Viewers submitted questions via email to [email protected] and on Twitter/X @BrookingsFP using #OceansConflict.

This event was part of our Seas and Strategy series.