Mid Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO)

Sponsor:
Mid Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean
Topics:
Environment, Stakeholder Summit
Location:
New York, NY
Date:
December 2009
Participants:
150
Representatives from the full range of ocean interests came
together for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean’s
stakeholder summit to discuss how the region will address a
range of ocean issues, including off shore renewable energy,
habitat protection, water quality improvement, and climate
change adaptation.
MARCO was formed this summer out of an historic agreement
between the five Mid-Atlantic governors from New York, New
Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. Participants in the
meeting worked together in small groups discussing and
developing ideas. Then, using keypad polling and groupware
computers, participants identified room-wide themes. This final
report contains the ideas generated during the two day meeting.
The objectives of the meeting were to:
1. Raise public awareness and build a broader constituency
for ocean issues;
2. Solicit feedback and build support from the public,
constituency groups and a broad base of key
stakeholders for the Mid‐Atlantic Governors’
Agreement on Ocean Conservation and the initial
actions identified and underway;
3. Identify any additional issues or priorities that
stakeholders may have regarding ocean issues;
4. Identify programs, activities and resources that
stakeholders will commit towards accomplishing the
initial actions and remaining actions in the Agreement

Ocean Interests Shore up Support for Action

On December 9th and 10th representatives from the full range of ocean interests came together for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) Stakeholder Summit. They came together to discuss how the region will address ocean issues, including off shore renewable energy, habitat protection, water quality improvement, and climate change adaption.

MARCO was formed during the summer of 2009 out of an historic agreement between the five Mid-Atlantic governors for New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. The Stakeholder Summit was an AmericaSpeaks 21st Century Summit. The 150 participants were largely representatives from a variety of organizations including – education and research, environmental and conservation, all levels of government, and industry.

Some of the meeting’s objectives were to raise public awareness on ocean issues, build a broader constituency and more support for the Mid-Atlantic Governors’ Agreement, to identify program, activities and resources that stakeholders will commit towards accomplishing, and to create stronger, lasting partnerships among stakeholders. Over the two-day Summit, participants worked together in small groups discussing and developing ideas. Using keypad polling and groupware computers, participants identified room-wide themes and collective goals.  By the close of the first day, participants were positive about the process, and surprised that with such diverse interests being represented that they were able to find common ground and common goals.

Participants left the Stakeholder Summit with an understanding of the four priority areas identified by MARCO as well as regional opportunities and challenges. The participants also addressed what other actions are needed to compliment the actions that have been committed to by the states in the four priority areas identified by MARCO as well as increasing public awareness and ongoing regional collaboration.