Are you among the more than 57 million people who live, work, and play along the coastline of our mid-Atlantic seascape?
From Long Island to Cape Hatteras, the Atlantic's densely populated mid-section gives way to coastal bays, barrier islands, deep submarine canyons, and open-ocean and seafloor habitats extending offshore across the continental shelf.
Our ocean is a vast place - but one that has become increasingly crowded. This highly productive and diverse marine system also supports shipping and ports, sport and commercial fishing, recreation and tourism, offshore sand mining, and a nascent offshore wind industry. It makes for a complex tapestry with sometimes competing priorities and needs.
The Nature Conservancy’s #OurOcean campaign encourages you to think about everything the sea provides for nature and people. Working together, we can understand how to use our ocean without using it up. What does the ocean mean to you?
To better manage shared marine resources, the five mid-Atlantic states are hauling in a wealth of data about what—and who is using the ocean. Cast a line
An historic agreement protects ocean treasures across a seafloor area the size of Virginia. Go deep
In celebration of World Oceans Day, we returned to Ocean City, MD to ask people what they love about #OurOcean. Explore
Go offshore with Captain Monty Hawkins, who's seeking restoration of mid-Atlantic coral reefs. Can he prove they even exist? Come aboard
Jay Odell previews an expedition to explore marine life in an Atlantic submarine canyon. Tune in
Learn how comprehensive maps can help avoid conflict on our crowded ocean. Explore
Turning mountains of data into accessible maps that tell the story of our ocean's complex patterns. Get wired
Additional Marine Resources
Developing practical, solution-based ocean management strategies that will meet economic, societal, and conservation goals. Explore
Discover how we're protecting the longest expanse of coastal wilderness remaining on the eastern seaboard. Explore VCR
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) is a multi-state and agency partnership established to address shared regional ocean priorities. Learn more
The Mid-Atlantic coast is used extensively for a variety of recreational activities that generate significant economic benefits. Read the report