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NEW YORK COMMERCIAL WIND ENERGY LEASE SALE AND REVISED ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)
October 27th, 2016
Press Release

Earlier today, Department of the Interior announced the publication of the Final Sale Notice (FSN) for a lease area offshore New York and released a revised Environmental Assessment (EA) for site assessment and site characterization activities in the area…BOEM also added information in the EA regarding fishing and fisheries resources that overlap with the lease area, and incorporated data from the Northeast Ocean Data Portal and the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal where appropriate.

 

MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY URBAN COAST INSTITUTE JOINS MID-ATLANTIC COASTAL RESILIENCE PROJECT TEAM
Monmouth University News
May 17, 2016
By Karl Vilacoba

The National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management awarded a $513,507 Regional Coastal Resilience Grant to a team led by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO), a partnership formed by the states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Virginia to collaborate on ocean issues. The grant was one of 12 awarded nationally to help coastal communities prepare for and respond to a variety of coastal threats, including extreme weather events, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions.  The UCI will provide support in its capacity as the principal investigator for the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal (portal.midatlanticocean.org), an interactive ocean mapping and information site focused on the five-state region.

 

OCEAN FRONTIERS DOCUMENTARY SCREENED AT ODU
Mace & Crown
March 3, 2016
By Ben Maxie, Staff Writer

Gove said that the RPB for the Mid Atlantic Region will publish a draft of their plans in June 2016. Gove also introduced the MARCO Ocean Data Portal, a publicly-available, interactive map of ocean-use. Laura McKay, the program manager with the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program, said that the Mid Atlantic Region RPB is also planning to address problems with marine debris from people, particularly plastic debris.

 

RECREATIONAL FISHING INFO IS CRITICAL IN MARCO DATABASE
Cape Gazette
February 13, 2016
By Eric Burnley

MARCO is collecting data to build a database where future users of the ocean can determine exactly where others have established their operations. As an example, if a company wishes to build a windmill farm in the ocean, they would want to know where commercial shipping lanes were located and the flight paths used by birds. One or two clicks on the MARCO database and that information would be provided.

 

MID-ATLANTIC COUNCIL TO RELEASE OCEAN DATA
Coastal Point
February 12, 2016
By Laura Walter, Staff Reporter

Good planning starts with good information. That’s why the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) forum met on Jan. 29 to learn about three data-collection projects regarding the Atlantic Ocean.  Hosted in Dewey Beach, with the Rehoboth Bay as a backdrop, the MARCO meeting revolved around one idea: What do we know about the Mid-Atlantic?

 

ON PROTECTING THOSE GO-TO SPOTS
Marine Fish Conservation Network
February 9, 2016
By John McMurray

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) hired Duke University’s Dr. Pat Halpin – one of the world’s foremost scientists in the field of marine geospatial ecology – to work with leading ocean researchers to identify the Mid-Atlantic’s most important “ecological” areas. Last week, Halpin’s team released an initial set of Mid-Atlantic places that are unique because of their massive amounts of marine life.

 

MID-ATLANTIC MOVES FORWARD WITH OCEAN PLANNING WITH ITS REGIONAL OCEAN ASSESSMENT
Ocean Currents
February 5, 2016
By Katie Morgan

Last week, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO), a five state partnership of New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and Virginia, met with the public to discuss their work on marine life and human use data, and previewed an ambitious and wide-ranging website on the vast natural resources and economically-important uses of the Mid-Atlantic Ocean, which contribute to the health and vibrancy of the region’s coastal communities. This website, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Assessment (ROA), is a comprehensive information resource developed to support the regional planning process, distilling key information on ocean ecosystems and the ocean economy into easily digestible summaries for decision-makers, stakeholders, and the general public.

 

DATA TO INFORM REGIONAL OCEAN PLANNING PROCESS SHARED WITH PUBLIC
Coastal Fisherman
February 1, 2016

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO), a five state partnership of New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and Virginia, today released an ambitious and wide-ranging set of information on the vast natural resources and economically-important uses of the Mid-Atlantic Ocean, which contribute to the health and vibrancy of the region’s coastal communities. The analytical data included in this release are a significant step forward in improving the scientific basis for regional ocean decision-making.

 

MID-ATLANTIC STATES PRESENT OCEAN DATA PRODUCTS
Science News Online
January 30, 2016

Over 100 individuals representing the local fishing sector, municipalities, universities, industry and environmental groups, and the public attended a forum to learn about the data and how it will be immediately used.

 

STAKEHOLDERS PLAN TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF MID-ATLANTIC’S REGIONAL OCEAN ASSESSMENT
Delaware Public Media
January 29, 2016
By Eli Chen

Environmentalists, researchers and coastal residents gathered Friday in Dewey Beach for a preview of the regional ocean assessment that will be released Monday by MARCO, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council for the Ocean.   The assessment is a comprehensive trove of publicly available data on marine life, ocean acidification and human use of the ocean between New York and Virginia.  Regional ocean assessments are required by President Obama’s 2010 executive order that created the country’s first National Ocean Policy.

 

AUDIO: MARCO HOSTS FORUM ON OCEAN ASSESSMENT AND DATA SYNTHESES PRODUCTS
Delaware 105.9 FM
January 29, 2016
By Joe Irizarry

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean holds a forum on ocean assessment and data.  Delaware 105.9’s Joe Irizarry has more.   The forum was to present data to stakeholders who care about the ocean or fisherman, surfers and people who use the ocean. The Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean, has been in an 18-month process to pull together the best scientific information about the ecology of the mid-Atlantic region and the human uses of the region.

 

MID-ATLANTIC REGIONAL COUNCIL ON THE OCEAN (MARCO) FORUM SET FOR JAN. 29
Harrington Journal
January 13, 2016
By The Journal  (also posted on Cape Gazzette, Milford Chronicle)

DNREC’s Delaware Coastal Programs is hosting the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) forum on scientific data that will be used to develop an Ocean Action Plan (OAP) for the region.  The forum will be held 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 29 at the Hyatt Place, 1301 Coastal Highway in Dewey Beach. The public and stakeholders are invited to attend.

 

DEWEY BEACH HOSTS MARCO FORUM
Dredging Today
January 12, 2016

DNREC’s Delaware Coastal Programs will host the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) forum on scientific data.

 

DNREC TO HOST MID-ATLANTIC REGIONAL COUNCIL ON THE OCEAN JAN. 29
Milford Beacon
January 11, 2016  (also posted to Hockessin Community News)

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Delaware Coastal Programs will host the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean forum from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Hyatt Place, 1301 Coastal Highway, Dewey Beach.