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America’s Waterway Watch
U.S. Coast Guard’s Maritime Homeland
Security Outreach Program
Why America’s Waterway Watch
With more than –
•95,000 miles of shoreline
•300,000 square miles of water*
•Over 70 Million boaters**
Security is a job the U. S. Coast Guard
and local first responders can’t do
*Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Ocean
Service and CIA World Factbook
**According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) estimated
Boating participation in 2005 was 71.3 Million
America’s Waterway Watch
• To help prevent acts of terrorism and illegal
activity, that jeopardizes maritime homeland
security, by enlisting the maritime and
recreational boating industries and the public to
maintain a heightened awareness of activity in
the maritime domain and the reporting of
suspicious activity
Local Coast Guard & Auxiliary units developed outreach
initiatives post 9/11
- Miami, FL
- Baltimore, MD
- Mobile, AL
- Boston, MA
- New Orleans, LA
- Cleveland, OH
- New York, NY
- Hampton Roads, VA
- Charleston, SC
- Milwaukee, WI
- Chicago, IL
- Grand Haven, MI
- Paducah, KY
- Alameda, CA
- Seattle, WA
National Program Development
• “America’s Waterway Watch” established 10 Feb 2005 by
Commandant Instruction 16618.8
Coast Guard as “National Program Manager”
Appointment of “Auxiliary National Liaison”
• National program supports local initiatives
• Local autonomy with national support and guidance
• Local commanders & units allowed to develop programs
considering resources and threats
• “Locally focused and Nationally connected”
What is America's Waterway
• A "force multiplier" for the USCG and local law
• A national program that builds on many local and
regional programs
• A call for behavior change
• Targeted at people who live, work, or recreate on or near
the water
Activity We’re Asking the Public To
Watch Out For
• Vessels that circle in and around pilings, particularly near
commercial traffic.
• Vessels that loiter offshore, near commercial or passenger
vessel activities.
• Any person who appears to be “casing” a boat or waterfront
• Unusual diving or boating activity near dams, hydroelectric
facilities or chemical and nuclear plants.
• Unfamiliar individuals photographing or making sketches or
videos near vessels, bridges or waterside facilities.
• Persons who loiter near or ask specific questions about
commercial / passenger vessels or waterside activities.
Activity We’re Asking the Public To
Watch Out For
• Boaters or others on the waterfront who seem to make an
obvious effort to avoid contact with others.
• Persons who attempt to rent or buy fishing or recreational
vessels with cash for short term undefined use.
• Persons who attempt to gain access to waterside facilities
without proper ID.
• Anyone trying to forcibly access a boat or waterfront facility.
• Boaters who appear to be under the control of another party.
Places Of Interest
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Places Of Interest
Cruise Ships / Ports
USCG Auxiliary Role
• Auxiliarists have a fundamental role in this program by:
– Acting as primary lead in outreach and awareness activities by informing
the public and recreational boaters about the program and it’s goals
– Providing support to COTP for outreach to maritime industry and public at
boat shows, during CG Aux ops, conducting presentations, and other
public events
– Maintaining watchful eyes and ears while underway, on Patrols, Vessel
Safety Exams, Marina Visits
How is a Report Made?
America’s Waterway Watch Hotline:
(877) 24-WATCH
- Currently calls are received by the National
Response Center (NRC), tasked with taking
suspicious activity reports via phone, manned 24/7.
- Located at USCG HQ, but not USCG run. Also
Serves members of the National Response Team.
What Happens To The Reports?
1. The NRC enters the information into Incident
Reporting Information System (IRIS)
2. That info is sent out to recipients in the area the
report was received (COTP, FBI, State/Local, and
other requesters)
3. FBI, State/Local, and COTP conduct possible follow
4. The report is also downloaded into MISLE
automatically from IRIS
5. National Infrastructure Coordinating Center (NICC)
also receives all the reports
National Infrastructure
Coordinating Center (NICC) –
Suspicious Activity Reports
• Purpose: Provide documentation of suspicious activities
related to Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources
• Threshold: moderate (7-10 per week)
• Source: Direct reports, North American
Electric Reliability Council (NERC), NRC, others
– Coming soon: HSIN-CS
• Format: 2 Word documents (full and redacted)
• Distribution:
• Full version: Homeland Infrastructure
Threat & Risk Analysis Center (HITRAC), select NOC desks, FBI CT
watch, USCG Maritime Intelligence Fusion Centers (MFIC), I&A
Sector Liaison reps
• Redacted: (No industry or U.S. person information) Senior Watch
Officer/other NOC desks, Homeland Security Operations
Morning Brief (HSOMB), ICE OPS center
Suspicious Activity Reporting
Example: Maritime Asset
The NICC would coordinate with the USGC
desk at the NOC
*Thresholds= Reliability of the Report
AWW Success Stories
Stolen vessel from Oak Bay Marina in Vancouver,
British Columbia
A stolen vessel report was issued out to all of the Citizen Action
Network members in the Seattle, WA area in March 2007. A member
later saw a vessel fitting that description and reported it to the NRC.
The NRC notified Sector Seattle and the local sheriff’s department.
The report was followed up on in Olympia, WA and it was the stolen
vessel in question. The vessel departed the scene before investigators
arrived, but gave them a tracking point and found the vessel on the
SW portion of the Kitsap Peninsula.
AWW Success Stories
Sayed Abdul Malike
• The investigation of Malike began in late March, 2003 after a Queens
store owner told police that the suspect sought information on making a
• Malike later traveled to Miami. He boarded a tourist ship for a
sightseeing trip around the port. While videotaping the bridges they
passed, he asked the Captain of the ship "about the infrastructure of
bridges ... and about how close the boat could get to the bridges and
cruise ships," After witnessing this unusual activity, the captain got his
first mate to take the helm and immediately called 1-877-24-WATCH.
• Malike was arrested in NY attempting to purchase large amounts of