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.


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

Fishing - Communities at Sea (by Port)

Search nearly 1,000 maps showing commercial fishing activity by several gear types for 200 individual ports along the East Coast.

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 r…

Marine Life Library (Species Specific)

The Marine Life Library is home to thousands of maps depicting populations of individual species of fish, birds and marine mammals along the East Coast. The maps were created by the Marine-life Data and Analysis Team (MDAT) and Northeast Data Portal in co…


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


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.


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.

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.

Seafloor Habitat

From its vast, gently sloping continental shelf to its steep, rocky canyons, the region’s seafloor terrains support diverse and vibrant ecosystems.


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.


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 Part…

Water Quality

A healthy ocean ecosystem is critical to our region’s economies and communities. Pollution and changes in ocean chemistry have the potential to create environmental, social, economic and cultural impacts.