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Ocean Planning

Delaware Coastal Programs supports the long-term economic and ecological health of the Mid-Atlantic through regional ocean planning efforts.


Maggie Pletta

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan was certified by the National Ocean Council on December 7, 2016. It outlines actions to improve collaboration among federal and state agencies, tribes, and the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council to ensure healthy, productive, and resilient marine ecosystems and sustainable ocean uses in the Mid-Atlantic. Coastal programs is working with regional partners of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body to implement those actions identified in the plan.

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean

MARCODelaware is part of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO), formed in 2009 by the governors of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, and New York to address shared regional priorities and provide a collective voice. The Mid-Atlantic Governors’ Agreement on Ocean Conservation, which created the Council, set out four regional priorities for shared action to improve ocean health and contribute to the high quality of life and economic vitality of the region: Climate Change Adaptation, Marine Habitats, Renewable Energy, and Water Quality.

The MARCO Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal is an online toolkit and resource center that consolidates available data and enables users and the general public to visualize and analyze ocean resources and human use information.

The Mid-Atlantic Coastal Acidification Network (MACAN) is jointly coordinated by MARCO and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Association Coastal Ocean Observing System (MARACOOS).  It seeks to coordinate and guide regional observing, research, and modeling of ocean and coastal acidification.

Bay and Ocean Planning

Delaware’s Ocean and Bay Planner is an online tool that allows decision-makers, planners and stakeholders to visually assess project impacts for permitting and planning purposes. This application allows you to map, query and assess data and information on uses and resources within the Delaware River, Bay and the state’s Atlantic Ocean waters.