Below is a synopsis of MARCO activities for 2012:
In January MARCO and its contractor (the “Monmouth University Team”) received a Regional Ocean Partnership grant from NOAA. These funds allowed the Monmouth Team to continue work on enhancing the MARCO Ocean Data Portal and assist all the Mid-Atlantic states with stakeholder engagement efforts such as the PGIS recreational use mapping workshops in VA, MD, DE and NJ (see page 3).
In February MARCO hired a Program Manager, Michelle Lennox, who organizes weekly calls and board meetings among the five states, researches various ocean management issues, develops workshops, represents MARCO at meetings and a variety of other assistance.
In May MARCO held its Management Board meeting in Cape Charles Virginia. An August meeting was held in Delaware.
In July the National Ocean Council sent out letters to governors of ocean and Great Lakes states requesting that they nominate 2 individuals to represent their state on a “Regional Planning Body” (RPB.) RPBs will also include federal agency, tribal and fishery management council representatives. For more see: www.whitehouse.gov/administration
In August Governor McDonnell appointed Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources, Maureen Matsen, and Marine Resources Commissioner, Jack Travelstead to represent Virginia. Laura McKay, Virginia CZM Program Manager was designated to support their efforts. Federal agency reps have also been appointed but a few seats remain to be designated on the Mid-Atlantic RPB.
In late September MARCO and the Monmouth Team launched a new version of its Ocean Data Portal (see next page).
In early 2013, a Regional Ocean Stakeholders Workshop will be held.
"Moving in the Right Direction" - Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean Highlights - March 2011 report highlighting MARCO's accomplishments to-date (pdf on MARCO website)