Wallace “Chip” Gregson, retired Marine, former assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs 2009–11 and Avascent Global Advisor, recently highlighted another element to consider in the territorial dispute surrounding the South China Sea for the National Interest. Gregson highlighted that China’s vast fishing fleets threaten to shoulder Vietnamese, Philippine and other nation’s fishermen out of their fishing areas.
Without some respect for sustainable fishing practices we will see more deadly competition and ever more pressure on already damaged fish populations… Experts predict major fisheries collapse in the area, leading to mass starvation.”Gregson continues that China’s traditional fishing grounds are severely depleted or even collapsing, leading to increasing pressure in the South and East China Seas. Gregson concludes by arguing that support from U.S. naval and air forces are a critical, necessary response in the region, but they are alone not sufficient and must be continued with maritime law enforcement that assures the access of all claimants to the resources of the sea, both animal and mineral.
–Wallace C. Gregson
Read the full article: South China Sea: It’s Not Just About the Rocks, It’s Also About the Fish.