Sept.
20

News from Our Partners

The following are news releases issued by MARCO and the Portal Team's partner organizations related to ocean planning topics in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Aug.
14

Journal Highlights Portal’s Ocean Planning Impacts

How did the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Portal come to be and how is it being used for marine spatial planning? Find out in this article published Aug. 8 in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science.
Aug.
8

How Are You Using the Portal?

We’re hearing lots of great examples of how the Portal is being used to make decisions, solve problems and improve projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic. This page will share some of these case studies so they may provide guidance and food for thought fo...
July
25

Take the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Recreation Survey

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) is working closely with the states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Virginia to better understand how and where people in the region participate in recreational activities in the oce...
July
20

Detailed Maps Show Estuarine Wetlands and Seagrass Areas

Two new map layers in the Portal’s Marine Life collection offer a tour of the locations of the Mid-Atlantic’s diverse estuarine wetlands and seagrass areas. Taken together, the maps will serve as a valuable resource for coastal planning and management d...
July
12

Video Rewind: Mapping Risk in the Mid-Atlantic

Our July 11 webinar showcased online mapping tools in the Mid-Atlantic that illustrate risks posed to coastal areas, such as flooding, severe storms and sea level rise.
June
28

Acidification Monitoring Locations Now on Marine Planner

Find out where ocean, coastal and estuarine acidification is being monitored throughout the Mid-Atlantic on our new map in Marine Planner.
June
8

View Population Densities in Mid-Atlantic Coastal Watersheds

Portal users can now see how population densities line up with key ports, beach resorts and other coastal features in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast in Marine Planner.
May
17

Video Rewind: How Tu Use Marine Planner's Tools

Our May 16, 2017, How Tuesday webinar covered how to use Marine Planner's many tools -- drawings, bookmarks, the Active tab, Portal Groups, the ArcGIS Service Input Tool, and more.
May
16

Mid-Atlantic RPB Receives Benchley Ocean Award

Congratulations to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body (RPB), which was honored with the prestigious Peter Benchley Ocean Award on May 11 for its work developing the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan.
April
25

Spring Forward: What’s Next for the Portal in 2017?

My, how we’ve grown. At the start of 2016, the Portal had a collection of just over 150 map layers in Marine Planner. By year’s end, there were over 3,000 – roughly 20 times more. It’ll be tough to maintain a growth rate like that, but Portal users can ...
March
29

New Map Shows Ocean’s Economic Value to Coastal Counties

How valuable is the ocean to your local economy? Find out with a new collection of economic data viewable in Marine Planner.
March
20

Package Multiple Shapes as One Drawing with Upgraded Tool

Registered Portal users can now save multiple shapes as one file with the improved Drawings tool, accessible via the MyPlanner tab of Marine Planner.
March
9

Video Rewind: March How Tuesday

Watch our March 7, 2017, How Tuesday webinar for a tour the Portal's latest tools and features.
Feb.
16

Atlantic Withdrawal, National Monument and Coral Protection Area Maps Now Online

Marine Planner users can now access maps and find the locations of three ocean areas off the Mid-Atlantic and New England coasts which recently received special protections from the federal government. Maps for the Atlantic Canyon Withdrawal and the Nor...
Nov.
1

Video Rewind: Marine Life How Tuesday

Watch as we unveil the Portal’s Marine Life Library of approximately 3,000 map layers depicting individual species of fish, birds and marine mammals in the Mid-Atlantic.
Oct.
31

Explore Thousands of Maps for Birds, Fish & Mammals in the Marine Life Library

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.
Sept.
19

State Dept. Spotlights Portal in Virtual Exhibit Hall

The Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal was one of four virtual exhibits featured by the U.S. Department of State in a mobile app for its 2016 Our Ocean Conference, held Sept. 15-16 In Washington, D.C.
Sept.
13

New Map Collections for Mid-Atlantic Birds, Fishes & Marine Mammals

Over 100 new maps depicting a trove of data related to the distribution and abundance of marine life throughout the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast and East Coast regions are now available in Marine Planner.
Aug.
17

What We Heard: FAQs from the MidA Ocean Plan Open Houses

Throughout July we had the pleasure of meeting hundreds of you as we hit the road in support of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan’s release. At each stop, we heard lots of questions.
Aug.
15

New Data Illustrates Department of Defense Training and Testing Areas in the Mid-Atlantic Ocean

A dozen new map layers added to the Portal’s Security theme portray Department of Defense (DOD) at-sea training and testing areas as well as locations of pertinent infrastructure. In sharing this unclassified data for use in the Portal, the DOD has made...
Aug.
10

Video Rewind: August How Tuesday

Get a 101 lesson on ‘How Tu’ use the Portal with this 8/9/16 webinar hosted by Portal Team member Karl Vilacoba. The session concludes with an open Q&A with attendees.
June
22

Video Rewind: Communities at Sea & Fishing Data How Tuesday

Take a guided online tour of the Portal’s new “Communities at Sea” maps and other data related to commercial and recreational fishing in the region with our June 21 "How Tuesday" webinar. The session was hosted by Portal Technical Lead Jay Odell of Th...
June
1

Input Map Data from Outside Sites with New Tool

Registered users can now combine data from outside mapping sites with the Portal’s nearly 200 map layers using our innovative new ArcGIS Service Input Tool.
May
5

Video Rewind: The HUDS & the Portal Webinar

Our May 3 “How Tuesday” webinar focused on the Human Use Data Synthesis (HUDS) project, which created a collection of 10 map layers that depict the many places and ways that people interact with the Mid-Atlantic Ocean. HUDS project lead Melanie Schroede...
April
11

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.
April
5

Video Rewind: Marine Life & Data Analysis Team (MDAT) Webinar

Marine Life Data and Analysis Team (MDAT) project lead Professor Patrick Halpin of the Duke University Geospatial Ecology Lab shares his insights on the MDAT effort and the data it is producing. The data will soon take the form of several new maps on...
March
30

Spring Forward: A Preview of Portal Upgrades in the Works

It’s going to be a very busy spring for the Portal Team. Taking questions from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body at its March 23 meeting, MARCO Director Kate Killerlain Morrison and Portal Technical Lead Jay Odell of the Nature Conservancy provide...
March
23

Introducing the Oceanography Theme

From the depths of the Mid-Atlantic’s canyons to its sandy shores, explore the physical and chemical properties of the ocean with the Portal’s new Oceanography theme.
March
11

Video Rewind: The ROA & the Portal

Guest hosts Peter Taylor of Waterview Consulting and Emily Schumchenia of E&C Enviroscape led a guided tour of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Assessment (ROA) and its links to the Portal during our March 8 “How Tuesday” webinar. Watch the recording...
March
10

View the Portal’s New Human Use Data Synthesis Maps

The many places and ways people interact with the Mid-Atlantic Ocean are summarized in 10 new easy to understand maps on the Portal.
Feb.
11

Nine Recreational Activity Layers Debut on Marine Planner

A collection of nine new map layers on Marine Planner will help to begin fill a gap in available data related to recreational use in the Mid-Atlantic.  The maps present a regional picture of the beachfront and offshore areas in the Mid-Atlantic that...
Feb.
9

Regional Ocean Assessment Now Online

The Regional Ocean Assessment (ROA), an interactive report summarizing the region's ocean ecosystem and the many ways people interact with the Mid-Atlantic Ocean, is now available online at roa.midatlanticocean.org. In addition, information from the M...
Jan.
21

Portal Profile: MidA RPB Tribal Co-Lead Kelsey Leonard

For Shinnecock citizen Kelsey Leonard, becoming a leader in the Mid-Atlantic ocean planning movement was a natural extension of her heritage.
Dec.
10

Magazine Features Portal and Mid-Atlantic Commercial Fishing Industry

An article in the December issue of The Nature Conservancy Magazine highlights the MARCO Portal and the valuable contributions made to it by members of the Mid-Atlantic’s fisheries.
Dec.
2

Highly Migratory Species, 2013 Shipping Layers Debut on Marine Planner

Two new datasets – labeled EFH Highly Migratory Species and AIS Shipping Data (2013) – have been incorporated into Marine Planner, bolstering the Portal’s growing inventory of marine life and maritime information.
Oct.
23

Coming in 2016: A Regional Ocean Plan and More Powerful Portal

The coming year will see several major improvements to the Portal along with the adoption of a first-ever Ocean Action Plan (OAP) for the Mid-Atlantic region. An important milestone for both projects was reached in September when government officials,...
Oct.
14

Explore new map data illustrating undersea cable routes

New data depicting the locations of in-service and out-of-service undersea cables is now available for viewing on Marine Planner. The data was supplied by the North American Submarine Cable Association (NASCA), an industry group that represents the majo...
Aug.
7

Export Your Marine Planner Drawings in 4 File Types

Registered Portal users can now export their custom-made drawings in four file formats that can be used on outside programs.
June
17

Portal Redesign Links Users to Each Other via Stories, Data, Mapping

This week, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) and partners launched a redesign of the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal (http://portal.midatlanticocean.org) – an online toolkit and resource center that helps stakeholders find and visual...
May
20

Visualizing aids to navigation with U.S. Coast Guard Fifth District

The Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal team is helping the U.S. Coast Guard Fifth District to conduct an analysis of the existing network of seacoast navigation aids (or buoys) in the region.  
Sept.
11

New Coastal Recreation Data Available for the Mid-Atlantic

Through a collaborative partnership between the Surfrider Foundation, Monmouth University, The Nature Conservancy, and Point 97 there is now new, non-consumptive recreational use data available for the Mid-Atlantic region.
Sept.
9

Discovering New Territory and Gathering New Data with the Okeanos Explorer

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner, the National Aquarium hosted the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s exploration ship, the Okeanos, from Sept. 10-14, 2014.
June
26

Portal Illuminates New Collaborative Opportunities for BOEM Official

Maureen Bornholdt has a lot to celebrate: This year, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body Co-Chair – along with her colleagues – is marking the first anniversary of the multi-state, intergovernmental group leading a new era of regional marine planning.
April
7

Lessons learned from across the pond

“Fishing is a way of life driven by passion,” said Colin Warwick as he kicked off the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s (MAFMC) Offshore Wind Best Management Practices Workshop this past February in Baltimore, MD.  
Aug.
7

NOAA’s coastal leadership, Mid-Atlantic staff ready to dialogue, build trust

Margaret Davidson, acting director of NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, and Darlene Finch, Mid-Atlantic regional coordinator, both understand the pressures related to regional ocean planning. Often they are working to facilitate di...
May
28

Portal team supports MAFMC coral workshop

On April 18, the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council (MAFMC) held a participatory mapping workshop in Baltimore to develop options for their Squid, Mackerel and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan (Amendment 16). MAFMC invited the MARCO Portal Team...