Mid-Atlantic Seascape

Our Ocean

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?  

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