NMIO recognizes the amazing array of insights, capabilities, resources, and passions of the private sector in tackling the many challenges in the maritime domain. NMIO also believes multi-stakeholder collaboration is best suited to maximize the impact of efforts and identify opportunities for achieving shared objectives. To this end, the Ocean Prosperity and Maritime Security (OPMS) Partnership is a key organizing effort for multi-stakeholder engagement of the maritime private sector. The OPMS Partnership provides a flexible framework for multilaterally engaging private sector partners with a stake in marine conservation, maritime security, and maritime commerce to enhance maritime information sharing and maritime domain awareness (MDA) in addressing these shared objectives.
In April 2021, OPMS began monthly working group meetings focused on its first area of shared interest: countering illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing. This working group will enhance shared awareness of opportunities for collaboration, barriers to public-private maritime information sharing, and maritime information resources.
The Interagency Counter-IUU Fishing Working Group has various U.S. departments and private sector representatives as well as representatives from U.S. Departments and various private sector organizations including non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, and think tanks.