Maritime Cooperation

People of ASEAN depend on the ocean for the food they eat, the air they breathe and their livelihoods. Additionally, ASEAN Member States’ vast territorial waters render maritime security one of the region’s central issues. The United States actively contributes to maritime cooperation in ASEAN, including support for sustainable fisheries and aquacultural development, participation in regional fora on maritime security and awareness, helping to combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, and working to preserve the Asia­Pacific region’s rich marine biodiversity.

The Oceans and Fisheries Partnership supports the development of a transparent and financially sustainable catch documentation and traceability system to help ensure that fisheries resources are legally caught and properly labeled. This risk­based, electronic system will be applied to wild capture fisheries in Southeast Asia and the Pacific region and will be based on the ecosystem approach to fisheries management. The partnership collaborates with technology companies to harness the latest communication and traceability innovations.  Read more about the partnership (PDF 142KB).

The United States also supports maritime security and awareness through training, numerous workshops, and consultations—including through the ASEAN Regional Forum, Expanded ASEAN Maritime Forum, and ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting-Plus.  We support the peaceful resolution of claims in the South China Sea in accordance with international law.