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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):
  • 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. agencies with maritime focus (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, US Coast Guard, US Navy)
  • International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL)
  • Other organizations such as the International Monitor, Control, and Surveillance Network (IMCS Network) for Fisheries-Related Activities. Additional partners of MIS participant interest.
MIS Components: 
  • Advocate the use of common tools
  • MDA, such as Department of the Navy SeaVision
  • Internet based data sharing repository (ies), such as INTERPOL Global Knowledge, or Critical Maritime Routes in the Indian Ocean’s (CRIMARIO II) Indian Ocean Regional Information System (IORIS)
  • Drive a great awareness about Paradigm Shifts
  • Country-specific to regional Vessels of Interest (VOI) list(s)
  • Collaborative Maritime Target Development
  • Focus on entities benefiting from illicit maritime activity
  • Expansion of VOIs to include associated infrastructure (in-port, and at-sea)
Current MIS Regional Initiatives: 
Eastern Pacific (MIS-EP) Ocean
South Atlantic (MIS-SA) Ocean