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Offshore Wind in the Mid-Atlantic

Posted on Jan 4, 2020

As offshore wind development in the Mid-Atlantic intensifies, states are busily working to ensure this rapidly growing industry minimizes impacts to other ocean uses and marine life. MARCO continues to play a key role in the process, informing decision-making through its Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal and facilitating open discussion and information-sharing among ocean stakeholders.

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Mid-Atlantic Coastal Acidification Network

Posted on Jan 4, 2020

Upcoming Webinar: “State and Federal Ocean Acidification Policy and Action” January 23, 2019, 11-12 PM In a joint webinar with the Northeast Coastal Acidification Network, Dr. Beth Turner and Dr. Sarah Cooley will present about state and federal policies related to ocean acidification. Please click here to register and find more information about the presentation content and speaker...

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Deep-water Coral and Fish of US Mid-Atlantic Canyons Findings Published

Posted on Jan 4, 2020

Though near to some of the busiest ports and coastal waters in the world, the deep-sea canyons of the Mid-Atlantic Ocean are little-explored. Over the last few decades, scientists have discovered that these mysterious marine canyons are home to an impressive array of corals, sponges and fishes. A team of scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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New Content on MARCO Website

Posted on Jan 4, 2020

Over the last three months MARCO has continued to add new and exciting content to its website. The updated “Ocean Planning” dropdown menu now contains a page dedicated to Work Groups and Collaborative Efforts, which links to individual work groups and highlights the efforts on marine debris, ocean acidification, ocean mapping data and more. The Marine Debris Work Group recently released the Marine Debris Work Plan, which can be found here and on its web page.   As one of MARCO’s shared regional priorities, an updated Renewable Energy page has been added to the MARCO website. As offshore wind development ramps up, states are tasked with considering how this exciting new industry will affect the busy and life-filled waters of the Mid-Atlantic. From the Renewable Energy web page, follow the link to the new Offshore Wind Story Map on the MARCO Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal to see how it informs offshore wind development in the Mid-Atlantic Region.   Keep an eye on the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Forum page for information coming soon on the 2nd annual Ocean Forum to be held in New York City on May 19, 2020. Stay up-to-date on the website and projects from MARCO by checking out the Website Updates section of MARCO News next...

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Portal Update

Posted on Jan 4, 2020

A pair of new maps on the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal provide a glimpse at which coastal counties’ economies are most closely linked with the ocean. Both maps are digitized, interactive versions of maps that first appeared in MARCO’s 2018 report “Climate Change Vulnerabilities in the Coastal Mid-Atlantic Region.”  Go to the maps here.   The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal team have partnered to create three new maps showing proposed anchorage grounds in the Chesapeake and Delaware Bay areas and a Port Access Route Study (PARS) area extending offshore from Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, to Ocean City, Maryland. All three maps can be found by clicking on the “USCG Proposed Areas and Studies” dropdown within the Portal’s Maritime theme, or go to the maps...

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