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Ali Chase, Policy Analyst, New York

Ali Chase
Alison Chase is a policy analyst in the oceans program at the Natural Resources Defense Council. She works on Mid-Atlantic and federal efforts to protect and restore our ocean and coastal health. Ali has worked for a number of environmental organizations, including the League of Conservation Voters and the Sierra Club, and with a political consulting firm to design public education campaigns. She attended Colgate University and has a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University.

Recent Posts

Victory! Ancient Deep-Sea Coral Communities Protected from Destructive Fishing Gear

Posted June 10, 2015 by Ali Chase

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The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council today voted to protect the vast majority of the region's fragile deep-sea coral habitat by creating the largest ocean area in the U.S. Atlantic Ocean protected from destructive fishing gear. After three years of development,...continued

New York Assembly Passes Strong Microbeads Bill to Reduce Plastic Pollution

Posted April 29, 2015 by Ali Chase

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Last week's Earth Day brought some great news in the fight against plastic pollution in our waters when the New York Assembly passed a strong bill to stem the flow of a plastic waste called microbeads into the state's ocean...continued

Report on the Implementation of the National Ocean Policy Shows Significant Progress, and Work Ahead

Posted April 2, 2015 by Ali Chase

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Acidifying waters, coastal dead zones, fish and marine mammal species struggling against extinction--there is plenty of disheartening news about our oceans and work to be done to remedy these problems and protect the resources that support millions of jobs and...continued

NRDC Urges the New York Legislature to Support Our Ocean and Great Lakes

Posted March 18, 2015 by Ali Chase

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Once hunted to scarcity, endangered humpback whales have been making a comeback in New York waters. Rarely seen in recent decades, the cetaceans have been delighting whale watchers in the New York Bight for the last several years, with a...continued

Mysterious Atlantic Coast ocean oases host newfound marine life, and vibrant and diverse corals

Posted December 10, 2014 by Ali Chase

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A hidden world thrives more than a mile and a half beneath the waves, in the inky blackness roughly 80 miles offshore the Atlantic's coastline. There you can find corals in all colors of the rainbow and a menagerie of...continued

Even in Deepwater Canyons, America's Corals At Risk

Posted August 18, 2014 by Ali Chase

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At the beach this summer, gazing out over the waves from the shoreline, it's hard to imagine the underwater world that lies just below the blue expanse: Partly because it’s so other-worldy, and partly because we just don't know...continued

The National Ocean Policy Turns Four

Posted July 18, 2014 by Ali Chase

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This July 19, the National Ocean Policy turns four! It marks four years of improved ocean governance and greater collaboration between the more than 20 various federal entities tasked with overseeing more than 140 laws that manage ocean issues –...continued

Celebrate World Oceans Day by Helping Protect the Mid-Atlantic's Ocean Resources

Posted June 6, 2014 by Ali Chase

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June 8 is World Oceans Day, a day to focus on the oceans and all that they do for us.  Our oceans fuel our weather and climate systems and provide a valuable source of protein. They give us every other...continued

Ocean Health on the Horizon with Ocean Planning Efforts and Limits on Carbon Pollution

Posted June 5, 2014 by Ali Chase

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Earlier this week, my son’s preschool class read a poem that, to me, strikes a special chord.  If you haven’t read it in a while “Where the Sidewalk Ends” encourages us to “Let us leave this place where the smoke...continued

Mid-Atlantic Ocean Milestone: Planning Framework is Approved

Posted May 29, 2014 by Ali Chase

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Last week marked a major milestone for improving and maintaining the health of our Mid-Atlantic ocean. Just before the unofficial launch of summer with Memorial Day weekend, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body – made up of the states of New...continued

Happy Birthday to an Important Ocean Planning Process

Posted March 27, 2014 by Ali Chase

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First birthdays are always exciting. They give us the chance to marvel at the amazing growth that's unfolded over an exceedingly short period of time (which, at times, can feel tediously long). We have the opportunity to step back from...continued

Virginians Look to Protect Their Ocean Future

Posted March 19, 2014 by Ali Chase

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It’s been a long winter and yesterday Virginia Beach was more blustery and cold than the usual warm weather we expect – especially on the eve of the first day of spring. Hardly an enticing night for Virginians to travel...continued

National Aquarium to Screen New Film and Host Discussion of Maryland's Ocean Future

Posted February 18, 2014 by Ali Chase

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This Thursday, NRDC and the National Aquarium are hosting a free showing of a new ocean planning documentary. “Ocean Frontiers II: A New England Story for Sustaining the Sea” tells the story of how “a region steeped in old maritime...continued

Help Protect our Ocean Future - Listening Sessions Announced for the Mid-Atlantic

Posted February 14, 2014 by Ali Chase

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“Can we move by the beach?” This from my three year old after another round of snow. I don’t think it’s occurred to him that there are piles of snow there, too. He’s just thinking of the summer and playing...continued

Undersea 'Grand Canyons' Host Hidden Life Just Miles from Manhattan

Posted October 17, 2013 by Ali Chase

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Roughly 100 miles off Manhattan's shoreline, the continental shelf plunges deep down into a world of sharp slopes and undersea caverns, filled with an amazing garden of Dr. Seuss-like shapes and colors. This is Hudson Canyon — a city in...continued

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