MARCO and MACO collaborate with governmental agencies, tribal nations and many other interested stakeholders through a series of specially focused work groups. Their areas of concentration are:

Marine DebrisReduction and prevention of litter such as balloons that pose a hazard to marine life

Ocean Acidification: The continued development of a comprehensive ocean acidification monitoring network and research plan through the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Acidification Network

Ocean Mapping and Data: Continued operations, maintenance and updating of the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal, including convening the MARCO Ocean Mapping & Data Team. 

Non-Consumptive Recreation: Increased consideration of the importance of non-consumptive recreation

Offshore Renewable Energya forum for regular inter-agency discussion around offshore wind development in the region and access to data on the Portal, environmental reports, and proposed offshore wind development activities. 


Additional work groups or other coordination efforts will be established and led by MARCO, federal agencies or other regional ocean partners to address emerging priorities over time, based on available resources. Inquiries to any of these work groups may be directed to



Upcoming Activities

The following is a list of public events or activities related to the work groups in which MARCO participates. Check the MARCO Calendar for other events of interest or email for more information.


Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal ‘How Tuesday’ Webinar: MARACOOS Data
April 14, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Click here for details


Mid-Atlantic Ocean Forum
“In-Person” May 19 event canceled; virtual event plans under development


Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council 2020 Council Meetings