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. The 2020 Portal Work Plan can be downloaded here. More information about OMDT can be found on the Climate Change Adaptation and Marine Habitats webpages. 

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


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.


MACAN Webinar: “Studying coastal acidification effects upon the Atlantic Surfclam through an experimental and modeling approach”, Wednesday, February 12, 11 AM – 12 PM


Mid-Atlantic Committee on the Ocean (MACO) Webinar: “Recent work in ocean planning and preliminary details of the Ocean Forum,” Thursday, February 27, 10 – 11:30 AM


2020 Mid-Atlantic Ocean Forum
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 (time TBD)
Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House
1 Bowling Green, New York City
*Check back soon for additional details*


Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council 2020 Council Meetings