MARCO News, December 2014  

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Welcome to our most recent issue of MARCO News. This issue:

  • Announces MARCO's engagement with Mid-Atlantic tribes on Regional Ocean Planning;
  • Provides an update on the Mid-Atlantic response to Regional Ocean Action Plan options;
  • Announces MARCO's award of a LCC grant to disseminate coastal resiliency science and tools;
  • Showcases the efforts of US Regional Ocean Partnerships to advance a unified front;
  • Announces upcoming staff changes at MARCO;
  • Highlights new resources available on the MARCO website.

The MARCO Management Board 


MARCO to Begin Engaging Mid-Atlantic Tribes
on Regional Ocean Planning 

Engaging the Native American tribes indigenous to the Mid-Atlantic region on ocean planning is a critical component towards furthering the development of a comprehensive and robust Regional Ocean Action Plan.  To meet this need, MARCO will begin leading tribal engagement efforts in the Mid-Atlantic.  The process is envisioned to include both federal and state-recognized tribes and will provide the opportunity for all tribes in the region to participate in the Mid-Atlantic regional ocean planning process.   Read More   


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Mid-Atlantic Responds to Regional Ocean Action Plan Options

  The Mid-Atlantic achieved another milestone this past month towards the development of a Regional Ocean Action Plan. On October 24th, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body (MidA RPB) released a set of documents outlining proposed options for a Plan, along with a draft outline for a Regional Ocean Assessment that would inform the Plan and a proposed strategy for Stakeholder Engagement to be sustained throughout the planning process. The public comment period, which ended November 20th, also featured a range of in-person, online and written opportunities for stakeholder response.  Read More  


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MARCO Receives Grant to Disseminate Coastal Resiliency Science and Tools in the Mid-Atlantic 


MARCO has been selected by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) to receive a grant award of $340,000 to implement a program that will disseminate much-needed coastal resiliency tools, maps and monitoring results to decision-makers and communities throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.  The effort is in response to the impact of Superstorm Sandy on the Mid-Atlantic coast, and the need to prepare the coastal region for the effects of future storms and sea level rise.  In conjunction with this award, MARCO identified a range of priority strategies for increasing resiliency in the five Mid-Atlantic states, including: risk communication; nature and nature-based infrastructure; and information sharing. To learn more about the grant, Read More   


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Advancing a Unified Front for Regional Ocean Partnerships   


Abstract underwater background with sunbeams MARCO is one of eight Regional Ocean Partnerships (ROPs) leading coordinated, state-led approaches to ocean engagement in the United States. These eight partnerships are increasingly collaborating on shared issues such as long-term financing and strategic messaging; and continue to share valuable lessons-learned amongst their distinct regions. The recent Coastal States Organization bi-annual meeting in Astoria, Oregon offered a special opportunity for the ROPs to present their challenges and opportunities in a united front to the nation's ocean leadership.   

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MARCO Announces Staff Changes  


Kris Ohleth is departing her position as MARCO's Executive Director on January 31, 2015.  The Management Board truly appreciates the knowledge, hard work and passion that Kris has contributed to the MARCO team during her tenure.  We wish Kris all the best in her future endeavors.

Michelle Lennox, in her new role as Assistant Director, along with Arlo Hemphill Communications Manager, and Kimberly Barber Program Assistant, will continue to support and advance MARCO's regional shared priorities.     Read More, including a Message from Kris Ohleth  


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New Resources   



Established in 2009 by the Governors of New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, MARCO provides a forum for our coastal Mid-Atlantic states to collaborate on shared regional priorities related to marine habitats, renewable offshore energy, climate change adaptation, and ocean water quality. MARCO initiated and oversees the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal to assist the region with ocean planning efforts. For more information about MARCO, visit our website,  


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