Save the Dates: May 13-14, 2024

Lewes, Delaware


Mark your calendars for the Sixth Annual Mid-Atlantic Ocean Forum, to be hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Committee on the Ocean on May 13 and 14 at The Virden Retreat Center in Lewes, Delaware. Following two days of presentations and dialogue, attendees will have the opportunity to extend their experience on May 15 through site visits relevant to Forum Themes. The Forum is the region’s premier annual event dedicated to ocean planning, gathering ocean professionals and stakeholders representing federal and state agencies, Tribal entities, marine industries, nonprofit research and advocacy organizations, and the public.

An audience observing a panel of speakers.The free event will feature expert presentations and discussions on topics including climate-ocean action, sustainable ocean economies, ocean conservation and healthy ecosystems, marine spatial planning and data-sharing, and much more. 

A call for proposals will be issued for presentations at this year’s Forum. Students and early career professionals will also be invited to participate in a poster session highlighting their work.

Goal: Foster robust information exchange and collaboration across multiple state and federal government agencies, Tribes, non-governmental entities, and ocean stakeholders to promote informed decision-making around regional ocean planning.


  • Increase awareness and understanding of state, federal, Tribal, and regional fisheries management programs and other efforts to advance a sustainable ocean economy and a healthy ocean ecosystem
  • Identify and assess key issues and opportunities that could benefit from regional coordination and collaboration
  • Invite stakeholders to provide input on regional ocean planning activities
  • Promote collaborative partnerships among diverse stakeholders, leveraging collective expertise and resources for the sustainable management of the Mid-Atlantic Ocean region

More details on the Forum will be available soon. For questions, email Information on past events can be found here.


Call for Abstracts

A panel of speakers presenting to an audience.We are now accepting proposals for individual presentations, interactive sessions or panel discussions for the Forum. Presentations/panels/activities that facilitate dialogue and have interactive components are encouraged. Themes include: Data sharing and marine spatial planning, sustainable ocean economies, conservation and healthy ocean ecosystems, and ocean-climate action.

Abstracts must be submitted by March 6. Early submissions are highly encouraged. Visit the abstract submission form for further details on topics, submission guidelines and more.