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Every map tells a story. We help you share yours.

The Portal connects agency, industry, and community leaders who are shaping the future of our ocean to the best available data on ocean science, maps, and each other through a state-of-the art data visualization, storytelling, and networking platform.
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A Day in the Life: The F/V Christian and Alexa

Kenny and Art Ochse, owners of the fishing vessel Christian and Alexa, recently welcomed Ocean Stories aboard to observe a typical day at sea. Come along with our trip diary and learn how scallops make it from the sea bed to your grocery store. Be sure ...
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Vessel Tracking Pioneer Recalls System's Post-9/11 Origins

The growth of satellite AIS technology has somewhat mirrored that of the Internet itself. Initially created for security purposes, its use expanded exponentially once the private sector got its hands on it. Now satellite AIS is used for maritime safety,...
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Survey Shows Where Boaters Go and How They Spend Time, Money

A survey of Mid-Atlantic saltwater boaters found that the average annual cost of owning and maintaining a vessel runs about $7,722. The survey, which was conducted over the course of six months in 2013 by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (...
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For Lenape, ancient cultural history lies beneath the sea

Chief Dennis Coker has become a prominent voice on Mid-Atlantic ocean planning issues, often representing his tribe and other members of the Confederation of Sovereign Nanticoke Lenape Tribes of the Delaware Bay (with members from Delaware and New Jerse...
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Submarine cables: Preserving the Mid-Atlantic’s telecommunications superhighway

Telecommunications play an integral role in our everyday lives. The speed and consistency that we are able to make phone calls and access information online is supported by a large network of services, many of which are literally unseen by most end u...
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Tug and barge industry juggles traditional routes with offshore wind development

Tugboats, towboats and barges are the worker bees of maritime transportation.
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Long-time fisherman keeps watch over Maryland’s coral reefs

In the nearly 35 years Captain Hawkins has been fishing off Maryland’s coast, he’s seen an increase in some fish populations as well as a decline in others.
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Recreational survey covers the coast

Through a collaborative partnership between the Surfrider Foundation, Monmouth University, The Nature Conservancy, and Point 97 there is now non-consumptive recreational use data available for the Mid-Atlantic region.
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Coast Guard marine traffic data a boon for ocean planning

The success of ocean planning in the Mid-Atlantic relies on the ability for disparate groups to effectively communicate their concerns and needs to one another.