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MARCO Encourages Public Review of the Draft Regional Ocean Action Plan

Posted on Aug 12, 2016

The Draft Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan (Draft Plan) was recently released for public review by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body (MidA RPB), a group made up of representatives from six states, federal and tribal entities and the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council.

The Draft Plan, which is open for public comment through September 6, 2016, aims to ensure healthy, productive, and resilient marine ecosystems and sustainable ocean uses from New York through Virginia. Developed by the MidA RPB, it is the culmination of collaborative discussions since 2013 and outlines a suite of actions for improving collaboration on decision making for ocean waters of the Mid-Atlantic.

The Draft Plan is available online and the public may formally submit comments via the Bureau of Offshore Energy Management (BOEM) website at

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Draft Ocean Action Plan Now Available

Posted on Jul 5, 2016

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body (MidA RPB) is pleased to announce the availability of the Draft Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan (Draft Plan) for public review and comment.

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MARCO Welcomes Two New Staff Members

Posted on Jun 13, 2016

MARCO is pleased to announce the arrival of two new staff members to our team. Ed Camp has joined us as our new Ocean Data Information Manager and will play a key role in coordinating with the broader Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal community. Judy Tucker joins us as our new Administrative and Finance Assistant where she oversees MARCO’s fiscal coordination and supports the work of our Executive Director and Management Board.

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March 2016 MidA RPB Meeting Summary Now Available

Posted on Jun 1, 2016

Work continues on draft Ocean Action Plan The Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body (MidA RPB) thanks everyone who participated in the in-person public meeting and workshop-style public engagement session on March 22-24, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland.   Both events were open to the public and included a number of opportunities for public comment. The MidA RPB meeting summary is now posted on the MidA RPB website. The slide presentation that...

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Regional Workshop Held to Explore Submarine Canyons Science and Management

Posted on Apr 11, 2016

On April 7, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO), a partnership among New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, hosted a workshop for a group of leading scientists and federal agency managers to discuss the state of current science for the deepsea canyons ecosystem and existing management programs that have jurisdiction over current and potential uses related to these canyons.

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New Grant helps advance MARCO’s Climate Change Adaptation Priority Area

Posted on Mar 11, 2016

MARCO has been awarded $514,507 through NOAA’s FY 2016 Regional Coastal Resilience Grants. In collaboration with MARACOOS (via Rutgers and University of Delaware) and Monmouth University’s Urban Coast Institute, MARCO will be working to enhance public understanding of the science behind changing ocean conditions and what this means in terms of region’s ocean resources and coastal economies. The project is anticipated to run through May 2018 and joins a growing portfolio of adaptation and coastal resilience efforts underway in the Mid-Atlantic region.

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