Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal

Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal



The Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal (MARCO Portal) is an online toolkit and resource center that consolidates available data and enables state, federal and local users to visualize and analyze ocean resources and human use information such as fishing grounds, recreational areas, shipping lanes, habitat areas, and energy sites, among others. The Portal serves as a platform to engage all stakeholders in ocean planning from the five-state Mid-Atlantic region—putting essential data and state-of-the-art mapping and visualization technology into the hands of the agencies, industry, and community leaders. The Portal is maintained by a team consisting of the Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute, Ecotrust, The Nature Conservancy and Rutgers University’s Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis under the guidance of MARCO. It was developed with grant support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Data featured on the site comes from a combination of sources, including key federal providers such as MarineCadastre.gov (a collaboration of NOAA and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management), the Coast Guard, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Department of Defense and the Environmental Protection Agency. Data has also been produced through partnerships with nonprofit organizations and the private sector, as well as through research projects led by Portal Team members. The Portal Team also is coordinating with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Association Coastal Ocean Observing System (MARACOOS), which provides real-time oceanography data via its OceansMap, to create maps at a time and scale appropriate for regional planning. The Portal will continue to grow and evolve to respond to stakeholder needs and current regional planning/policy issues and trends. For more information, watch our video tour of the Portal below or download our fact sheet.


Belem statement areas
Climate Variability
Ocean Observation
Ocean Resources
Ocean Technology
MARCO Portal
Time frame
n/a - Ongoing


Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean