MARCO News, March 2017

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  Ocean Action Plan Focus Shifts to Implementation   

With the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan (OAP) finalized in December 2016, efforts have pivoted from the document's development toward its implementation. With the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body (MidA RPB), the five MARCO member states have begun advancing a wide-ranging agenda of actions that were identified in the Plan.
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MARCO and MARACOOS Lead Launch of Mid-Atlantic Coastal Acidification Network
MARCO and MARACOOS (Mid-Atlantic Regional Association Coastal Ocean Observing System) jointly launched the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Acidification Network (MACAN) in the fall of 2016. MACAN will enable a better understanding of the processes associated with estuarine, coastal, and ocean acidification, predict consequences for marine resources, and devise local adaptation strategies that enable communities and industries to better prepare and respond.
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Mid-Atlantic States Identify Wetland Restoration as Key Action for Reducing Climate Risk
MARCO has released a report on the role of Mid-Atlantic coastal wetlands in reducing climate risk. The report examines current practices for identifying and prioritizing wetlands for their ability to reduce climate risk and enhance climate resilience in the states of New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.
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Explore Thousands of Maps for Birds, Fish & Mammals in the Marine Life Library
One of the largest online collections of marine life maps in the world is now available on the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal. Roughly 3,000 maps showing populations and abundance for individual species of fish, birds and mammals along the East Coast have been added to the Portal's new searchable Marine Life Library.
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Delaware Transition on MARCO Management Board
MARCO is pleased to announce the arrival of new Management Board member, Kimberly Cole of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC). Kim will be representing the State of Delaware on our five-state Board. Kim's arrival comes as a bittersweet transition for MARCO as we first said goodbye to one of our founding Management Board members and former Chair of MARCO, Sarah Cooksey.

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MARCO Communications Manager Bids Farewell
After nearly two and half years serving as MARCO's full time Communications Manager, Arlo Hemphill has recently left the MARCO team to focus on a broader portfolio of consulting in conservation and science communications. Through his consulting firm, I am Wilderness, Arlo works with non-profits, industry, government, indigenous groups and academia to tell the stories of some Earth's wildest places.

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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.

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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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