Are you among the more than 57 million people who live, work, and play along the coastline of our mid-Atlantic seascape?
Stretching from Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, to Montauk Point, New York, this densely developed and populated slice of America 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 it is becoming increasingly busy, and ocean sprawl threatens to crowd nature out.
The Nature Conservancy’s Campaign for #OurOcean encourages you to think about everything the sea provides for nature and people. What does the ocean mean to you? Share your thoughts with us on Facebook and Twitter - don't forget to use the hashtag #OurOcean! Tell us why you care about the ocean and all the ways that you enjoy, depend on, and benefit from it.
In the features below, explore our ocean and learn how the Conservancy and our partners are improving the science and decision-making related to its management. Working together, we can understand how to use our ocean without using it up.
An historic agreement protects ocean treasures across a seafloor area the size of Virginia. Go deep
Go offshore with Captain Monty Hawkins, who's seeking restoration of mid-Atlantic coral reefs. Can he prove they even exist? Come aboard
In celebration of World Oceans Day, we returned to Ocean City, MD to ask people what they love about #OurOcean. Explore
From recreation and tourism to shipping and fishing, our ocean is many things to many people. Share your thoughts
A recap of our live tweet with Mid-Atlantic Marine program director Jay Odell. Read his answers
Jay Odell previews an expedition to explore marine life in an Atlantic submarine canyon. Tune in
A day at the beach reveals how people use, enjoy, and benefit from #OurOcean. Get the recap
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
Mid-Atlantic Seascape Program Director Jay Odell talks about his passion for marine conservation. Read our Q+A
From whales to crabs, #OurOcean is full of creatures on the move. Follow their journey
Conservation is helping a cultural icon, our resilient rockfish. Learn more
Whale watching along the Virginia coast reveals much to celebrate, but also serious challenges. Come aboard
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
Discover the Atlantic's canyons and seamounts aboard the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, “America’s Ship for Ocean Exploration". Come aboard
Revealing conservation priorities and informing management decisions to help sustain the Mid-Atlantic ecosystem. Explore