Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO)

Established by the Governors of the five coastal Mid-Atlantic states in 2009, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) is a partnership of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Virginia to enhance the vitality of the region’s ocean ecosystem and economy.  The partnership focuses on four regional priorities for shared action to improve ocean health and contribute to the high quality of life and economic vitality of the region. 

MARCO uses regional ocean planning as a means to advance priorities identified in the Governors’ Agreement. Ocean planning is a process to improve understanding of how ocean resources and places are being used, managed, and conserved, and to establish a common foundation that will guide actions to address the shared regional priorities.