We Need Your Help Collecting Data on Mid-Atlantic Coastal Recreation!

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SURFRIDER FOUNDATION | 9 September 2013

Your help is needed to ensure that your favorite recreational areas are considered in coastal and ocean planning coming to the Mid-Atlantic. The Surfrider Foundation, in partnership with Ecotrust, Monmouth University’s Urban Coast Institute, and The Nature Conservancy, and in close coordination with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO), is conducting an online survey of recreational uses such as beach goers, swimmers, beach wildlife viewers, surfers, kayakers, windsurfers, and divers.

Participation is simple: go to http://www.surfrider.org/mid-atlantic-recreation and enter your email address.

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Stand-up paddleboarding in the Coastal Bays. Photo: Arlo Hemphill

Recreational uses are poorly mapped in the Mid-Atlantic and better information is needed. The information collected in this survey will be incorporated into an online data portal operated by The Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean, or MARCO. MARCO is an arrangement by the Governors of New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia to improve the health of Mid-Atlantic ocean and coastal resources, and ensure that they continue to contribute to the economic vitality of coastal communities. The Maryland Coastal Bays Program is an active participant within the MARCO process, advising as a regional stakeholder.  As the Mid-Atlantic moves towards a regional approach to ocean management, it is as important as ever to keep an eye on the health of the coastal bays in the context of these broader regional concerns.

For more information please go to midatlantic.surfrider.org

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