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May 19 In-Person Mid-Atlantic Ocean Forum Canceled

Posted on Mar 24, 2020

Stay Tuned for Online Format Plans   We extend our best wishes to all in these difficult times. Across the region we are all facing new and unknown personal and professional challenges. The Mid-Atlantic Committee on the Ocean (MACO) is committed to continuing our collaborative efforts as we assess the best options to move forward with our work. In response to concerns about COVID-19 and to promote public health, MACO is cancelling the “in-person” Mid-Atlantic Ocean Forum scheduled for May 19, 2020, in New York City. Please hold this date on your calendar. MACO is reconfiguring plans for engaging with our partners (e.g., virtual meeting or webinars sessions on that day). We will follow up shortly with more specific plans. Please also check this website for regular...

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Video and Presentations from MACO February Webinar

Posted on Feb 28, 2020

Download Slides (PDF 3 MB) Agenda (PDF 140 KB)   The Mid-Atlantic Committee on the Ocean (MACO) held a public webinar on Feb. 27, 2020, for the purposes of: Providing an update on MACO’s recent work and accomplishments in the areas of ocean and coastal mapping, marine debris, non-consumptive recreation, maritime commerce and navigation safety, ocean and coastal acidification, and more. Summarizing the findings of MACO’s January survey on regional ocean issues and ideas for the 2020 Mid-Atlantic Ocean Forum. Sharing preliminary details about the Forum, to be held on May 19 in New York City. For more information, contact...

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Read the January 2020 MARCO News

Posted on Jan 13, 2020

The January 2020 issue of MARCO News was released January 14, 2020.   Contents include: Information about offshore wind energy in the Mid-Atlantic New data layers on the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal Deep-water corals and fish in Mid-Atlantic canyons  report of findings MACAN webinars Updates to the MARCO website Spotlight on New Jersey Other States news   The January 2020 issue can be found here.   Look for the next quarterly issue in April...

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Regional Ocean Partnership Act Introduced

Posted on Dec 17, 2019

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean is pleased to inform you that the Regional Ocean Partnership Act (H.R.5390) has been introduced to the House of Representatives to formally authorize Regional Ocean Partnerships, including MARCO, as partners with the federal government to address ocean and coastal concerns. The bill has also been introduced in the Senate (S.2166) and is awaiting a vote. MARCO’s Management Board Chair, Kisha Santiago-Martinez, said the following about the bill: “The Regional Ocean Partnership Act represents an important step in the evolution of regional partnerships like the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO), who, for years, has led and fostered collaboration among federal, state, tribal and other stakeholders to meaningfully address ocean management challenges and opportunities. As the Mid-Atlantic ROP, MARCO expresses strong support for this bill, which would enhance its capacity to conduct collaborative activities at the regional level that are critical for conserving ocean health, and increasing the resilience of ocean and coastal areas that support a growing and vital ocean-based economy in the Mid-Atlantic.” You can track the status of the bill...

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