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Maritime Information Sharing (MIS) – Regional Initiatives


NMIO Regional Maritime Information Sharing (MIS) initiatives are geographically-focused complementing each other and inculcating regional maritime data sharing as a habitual process.  MIS initiatives leverage existing binational and multinational Monitor, Control, and Surveillance (MCS) maritime data sharing, formal or ad-hoc, establishing more formalized information sharing protocols to counter Strategic Competition, such as economic predatory practices, Distant Water Fishing Fleet illicit behavior, Transnational Organized Criminal activity and identifying illicit actor-associated infrastructure in the maritime domain. 

MIS Partnerships (Whole of Governments Include):
  • International partners that share contiguous coastal State waters (Territorial Waters / Economic Exclusion Zones), or maritime interests where illicit activity in one effects regional partner interests.
  • U.S. departments and agencies with a maritime focus including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy and Department of State.


MIS Components: 
  • Advocate the use of common MDA tools, such as the Department of the Navy's SeaVision
  • Country-specific to regional Vessels of Interest (VOI) list(s)
  • Focus on entities benefiting from illicit maritime activity
  • Expansion of VOI lists to include associated infrastructure (in-port and at-sea)
Current MIS Regional Initiatives: 
Eastern Pacific (MIS-EP) Ocean
South Atlantic (MIS-SA) Ocean