Mid-Atlantic Committee on the Ocean
MACO is a committee established by MARCO to foster collaboration among states, federal agencies, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC), and federally recognized tribes, and to engage stakeholders. The purpose of MACO is to enhance the vitality of the region’s ocean ecosystem and economy through increased communication and collaboration.
- Provide a venue for ongoing regional information sharing and coordination about the Mid-Atlantic’s ocean ecosystem and economy;
- Generate a deeper understanding and awareness of state, federal, tribal and regional fisheries management entities’ programs and other activities affecting ocean waters off the Mid-Atlantic;
- Identify and pursue, where appropriate, opportunities for collaboration on regional ocean issues;
- Generate and maintain a list of contacts engaged in ocean planning to facilitate communication across the region;
- Identify ways to enhance federal data sharing and support for the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal to inform ocean planning and management; and
- Engage stakeholders in learning about, identifying and responding to regional ocean issues.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice
MACO recently adopted a statement pledging to listen and incorporate information from the widest possible set of stakeholders to better understand and address injustices and inequities in its work. MACO will ensure its work reflects a commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ), as well as addresses the needs of stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds and industries.
Read the DEIJ statement
The Mid-Atlantic Ocean Forum
Committee members will convene an annual Mid-Atlantic Ocean Forum as a venue for regional information sharing, coordination and collaboration, and to enhance the region’s ability to leverage existing efforts and information across multiple levels of government, federally recognized tribes, non-governmental entities and other stakeholders. The information and presentations discussed and shared through the Forum will inform the Committee and participants about potential areas to take future action, generate a deeper understanding and awareness of member priorities and policy changes/enhancements that may affect regional planning (e.g. funding, data, research, projects, best practices identified in other regions), and identify areas for more intensive coordination.
State: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia
Federal: Current federal participants include but are not limited to the Department of Commerce; the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration); the Department of the Interior through the US Geological Survey, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Parks Service; the Department of Agriculture through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service; the Department of Defense through the Joint Command, Navy, and/or Army Corps of Engineers; the Department of Homeland Security, US Coast Guard; the Environmental Protection Agency; the Department of Transportation Maritime Administration; and the Department of Energy.
Tribal: Shinnecock Indian Nation
Regional: The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council
- Kevin Hassell (Chair)
- Laura McKay
- Mike Snyder
- Darryl Francois
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
- Roselle (Henn) Stern
US Army Corps of Engineers
- Darlene Finch
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- Kelsey Leonard
Shinnecock Indian Nation
- Jessica Coakley
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council
Work Groups & Collaborative Efforts
MARCO and MACO collaborate with governmental agencies, tribal nations and many other interested stakeholders through a series of specially focused work groups on marine debris, ocean acidification, ocean mapping and data, non-consumptive recreation, and offshore renewable energy. More information can be found on the work groups page.
Stakeholder Engagement & Upcoming Events
MACO has developed a stakeholder engagement plan that outlines a range of approaches it will take to work and communicate with stakeholders, partner organizations and members of the public. Learn more here.
For a summary of some of the actions that MACO is taking in response to the range of stakeholder recommendations received during and subsequent to the 2020 Mid-Atlantic Ocean Forum read the Stakeholder Engagement Update.
The following is a list of public events or activities organized by MACO or work groups in which MARCO participates. Check the MARCO Event Calendar for other events of interest or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.