The Mid-Atlantic Committee on the Ocean (MACO) has begun collaborating with partners among the MARCO states, federal agencies, tribal nations and many other interested stakeholders through a series of specially focused work groups. Efforts are underway to develop work plans for each of these groups, which will soon be available on the MACO website for public viewing.


Below are the work groups currently led by MACO.


Marine Debris: Focuses on the reduction and prevention of litter that pose a hazard to marine life, such as balloons, plastics and derelict fishing gear.


Non-Consumptive Recreation: Dedicated to increased consideration of the importance of non-consumptive recreation to Mid-Atlantic economies and quality of life.


Ocean Acidification: This work group is developing a comprehensive ocean acidification monitoring network and research plan through the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Acidification Network


For more information on MACO work groups, email