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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







The mission of the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO) is to advance maritime intelligence integration, information sharing, and domain awareness to foster unity of effort to protect the United States and its global interests, its allies, and its partners against threats to, in, or emanating from the global maritime domain.


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