MARCO News, June 2016  

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Upcoming Release of Draft Mid-Atlantic Ocean Action Plan  

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body (MidA RPB) is preparing to release the Draft Mid-Atlantic Ocean Action Plan in the coming weeks.  3 Years in the making, the Plan outlines a series of actions on how federal and state agencies, tribes and the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council may better collaborate on ocean governance and decision-making to ensure healthy, productive and resilient marine ecosystems and sustainable ocean uses in the Mid-Atlantic.  The release will be followed by a public comment period. On July 11 th, the RPB will be hosting a webinar to introduce the Plan to the public. MARCO is helping with public outreach and will be hosting a series of Open Houses in each of the MARCO states to allow the public additional opportunity to familiarize themselves with the Plan.
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Explore Commercial Fishing in the Mid-Atlantic
with New Interactive Maps
Over two dozen maps now available on the Portal present a more detailed picture than ever before of the extent and locations of commercial fishing activities throughout the upper East Coast. With the new "Communities at Sea" and federal Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) map collections, Portal users can identify the ocean places upon which the Mid-Atlantic's commercial fishing communities most depend. 
  • Sign up for our June 21 "How Tuesday" webinar to explore the Communities at Sea and other fishing data.                                   
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Regional Workshop Held to Explore Submarine Canyons
Science and Management
On April 7th, MARCO hosted a workshop for a group of leading scientists and federal agency managers to discuss the state of current science for the deepsea canyons ecosystem and existing management programs that have jurisdiction over current and potential uses related to these canyons.   
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MARCO Welcomes Two New Staff Members   
MARCO is pleased to announce the arrival of two new staff members to our team. Ed Camp has joined us as our new Ocean Data Information Manager and will play a key role in coordinating with the broader Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal community. Judy Tucker joins us as our new Administrative and Finance Assistant where she oversees MARCO's fiscal coordination and supports the work of our Executive Director and Management Board.

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Upcoming Events    
The following events may be of interest to the Mid-Atlantic ocean community:       
Check the MARCO Events Calendar regularly for event updates and new postings.

Draft Mid-Atlantic Ocean Action Plan - July Events   
New Resource   
The following new resource is available on the MARCO Portal website:     


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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Photo Credits: Header (L-R): Coral, NOAA-OER/BOEM; Wind turbines, Ralf Hettler; Kayaks, Raul Rosa; Shipping container, Dan Barnes; Schooling fish, Jet Chen Tan; U.S. Naval ships, Gina Addison. Body (top-bottom): Surfers running, Jenna Addesso; Fishing Boat, Jason Houston; Submarine Canyon, Image courtesy of Deepwater Canyons 2013 - Pathways to the Abyss, NOAA-OER/BOEM/USGS; Staff Photos courtesy Ed Camp & Judy Tucker;. Footer (L-R) Fishing boat, William Sherman; Diver, Michael Eversmier; Beach scene, Chris Parypa.