Groups are an opportunity to share information and resources with like-minded ocean users. You can browse groups here and request to join groups that are open to the public. Don’t see the group you are looking for? Create your own group — anyone can start a group.

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Member Groups

Ocean City coastal use

A group for stakeholders based in and around Ocean City, MD to map their ocean use and discuss conflicts.

Hudson Canyon

A place to share maps focused on the Hudson Canyon area


Interested in ocean uses and planning discussions around the tidewater VA area


This group is for people to practice using the Portal's cool Draw Feature by creating and sharing their own drawings of sea creatures! Best drawings are eligible for fabulous prizes in 3 categories: Whimsical, Realistic and Artistic. Please use the draw feature's "Name" and "Description" boxes to tell us something about your drawing and (optionally) your name or pseudonym!

Exploring Local Waters: Hudson Canyon

A space for participants in the Wildlife Conservation Society's April 17 course "Exploring Local Waters: Hudson Canyon" to share resources.

Routing measures and wind energy

This is for people who are interested in assessing the feasibility of wind planning areas as they relate to routing measures, vessel traffic, and safety.

Community Roundtable

A general group for exploring a variety of ocean use conflicts.

Monmouth BY 442 Class Project

This is for Monmouth BY 442 class exercise in marine spatial planning.

Recreation fishing in Delaware

For anyone interested in fishing in Delaware.

Recreational Fishing areas

There isn't a lot of data on recreational fishing. This group is for people to identify their most valuable recreational fishing areas.

West Coast Stakeholders

A group designed to give west coast stakeholders an opportunity to see and use the planning tool.