Numerous federal, regional, and state political and management boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic are compiled here to provide a regulatory context to help facilitate well-informed ocean planning decisions.

Marine Life

The Mid-Atlantic region is well known for nutrient-rich and highly productive waters. Its estuaries, salt marshes, sea grasses, barrier islands, cold water corals, and submarine canyons provide spawning, nursery, and forage habitats that support diverse...

Marine Life Library (Species Specific)

The Marine Life Library is home to thousands of maps showing populations and abundance for individual species of fish, birds and mammals along the East Coast. The data were aggregated over the course of two years by a Marine Life and Data Analysis Team ...

Renewable Energy

Offshore wind in the Mid-Atlantic holds more than 60,000 Megawatts of potential energy — that’s 10% of total U.S. offshore potential. This huge resource could help meet the growing electricity demand in the region, while reducing carbon emissions.


Explore dozens of maps depicting the extent and locations of commercial and recreational fishing activities throughout the upper East Coast.


The Mid-Atlantic is home to important naval installations and training areas, and it’s a busy corridor for commercial shipping and naval and other defense and security operations.


The Mid-Atlantic boasts countless opportunities for entertainment and leisure activities and has flourishing travel, tourism, and outdoor recreation industries, many of which are focused on the region’s natural features.


The Mid-Atlantic ports are some of the busiest in the nation’s seaport network, which unloads $3.8 billion in goods each day.


Learn about the ocean’s value to your local economy with the Portal’s Socioeconomic data. The map data are derived from the Economics: National Ocean Watch (ENOW) Explorer database, available through NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management Digital Coast Pa...


From the depths of the Mid-Atlantic's submarine canyons to its sandy beaches, explore the physical and chemical properties of the ocean through our Oceanography theme, now under development.

Human Use Data Synthesis

The many places and ways that people interact with the ocean are summarized here in 12 easy to understand maps. Download our final report about the HUDS project at http://bit.ly/2rACkEj.


Companion map layers automatically activate when users select a species from the Avian datasets in the Marine Life Library (Species Specific). The zones covered by grey lines denote areas of low survey effort. NOTE: Because the Marine Life Library d...