MARCO Releases a Guide to State Management of Offshore Wind Energy
MARCO Collaborating with Partners on New Ocean Exploration and Science
MARCO Highlights - Moving in the Right Direction
Since the first conversations among the States in 2008, MARCO has made significant progress in establishing and embarking on a regional agenda for shared state action in the Mid-Atlantic. Click the thumbnail to view the MARCO Highlights document.
Governor, New York
Governor, New Jersey
Jack A. Markell
Robert F. McDonnell
What is the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean?
The ocean waters
of the Mid-Atlantic, stretching from New York to Virginia, provide a wealth
of economic and environmental services to local communities, States, and
the nation. At the same time, the people of the Mid-Atlantic region are
a significant force that influences our ocean and coastal environment.
We change the coastline and watershed through our buildings and development,
we harvest the ocean’s resources through increasingly efficient
means, and we rely on offshore waters to support diverse activities such
as maritime commerce and recreation. As the intensity of these human influences
has increased, they have at times led to significant threats to the health
of our ecosystems. Now our ocean and coastal resources face a new generation
of challenges, and these challenges are only growing in their urgency.
To successfully address
these challenges, and to ensure that future generations can enjoy healthy
and productive ocean ecosystems, the Governors of New York, New Jersey,
Delaware, Maryland and Virginia have committed to a new comprehensive,
regional approach, creating the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean.
Our five states will work to maintain and improve the health of our ocean
and coastal resources, and ensure that they continue to contribute to
the high quality of life and economic vitality of our region’s communities
well into the future.
Governors’ Agreement on Ocean Conservation
Timelines, and Leadership to Advance The Mid-Atlantic Governors’
Agreement on Ocean Conservation (August, 2009)
Regional Photo Courtesy of Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team
Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Planning Workshop: Summary of Workshop Discussions
Summary of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Planning Workshop convened on April 4-5, 2013.
Video clips of the workshop can be accessed here.
MARCO Fact Sheet
2011-2012 MARCO Workplan
The 2011-2012 MARCO Workplan describes the actions that will be completed by MARCO’s five issue Action Teams. Click the thumbnail above to view the Workplan. Work Plan Updates are now available on the Documents page. Click here to view updates.
New Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal
The MARCO Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal is an online toolkit and resource center designed to engage stakeholders and support ocean planning in the Mid-Atlantic region, placing the best available data and state-of-the art mapping and visualization technology into the hands of the agencies, and others engaged in ocean planning.