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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

Happy Birthday to an Important Ocean Planning Process

Posted March 27, 2014 by Ali Chase in Reviving the World's Oceans, U.S. Law and Policy

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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 in Reviving the World's Oceans, U.S. Law and Policy

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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 in Reviving the World's Oceans, U.S. Law and Policy

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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 in Reviving the World's Oceans, U.S. Law and Policy

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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 in Reviving the World's Oceans

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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

Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Planning Gets Underway

Posted September 27, 2013 by Ali Chase in Reviving the World's Oceans

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“We do these things not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” This statement, uttered in the tribal blessing that kicked off the first official Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body (MidA RPB) ocean planning meeting this week, acknowledged the...continued

New England Is Leading the Way in Regional Ocean Planning

Posted April 24, 2013 by Ali Chase in Reviving the World's Oceans

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Last week, the National Ocean Council released its final ocean action plan—a to-do list for our federal agencies to work together to address some of our oceans' biggest threats. From ocean acidification to pollution and habitat destruction, our oceans are already...continued

Cooperation: Where Parenting and Smart Ocean Planning Meet

Posted April 10, 2013 by Ali Chase in Reviving the World's Oceans

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I have a two-and-a-half-year old son whose favorite phrase is “I do it myself!” While it’s a constant amazement to me how much he actually can do by himself, there are certainly times when cooperation would result in a far...continued

New Englanders Begin to Plan Their Ocean Future

Posted November 29, 2012 by Ali Chase in Reviving the World's Oceans

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While many of us busily prepped for our Thanksgiving feast last week, New England policymakers had another task in their sight—kicking off a brighter, healthier future for our oceans. As Americans, we like to imagine a vast ocean space with...continued

Tell the Obama administration to develop strong plans to protect our oceans

Posted June 16, 2011 by Ali Chase in Reviving the World's Oceans

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I encourage everyone to take advantage of a unique opportunity to set the course of our oceans’ health for generations to come. Our ocean is facing innumerable threats – from overfishing and pollution to ocean acidification and invasive species –...continued

The Gulf Disaster's Potential Impacts to the Florida Keys

Posted September 1, 2010 by Ali Chase in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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While the media fervor over the Gulf oil disaster has died down somewhat, large amounts of oil still remain in the Gulf. In areas near Pensacola, Florida officials and local fishermen have reported finding weathered oil for weeks. This isn’t...continued

Diana Nyad's Swim in the Gulf

Posted August 27, 2010 by Ali Chase in Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Diana Nyad - a world class swimmer - is about to attempt an amazing and historic feat. She's going to swim from Cuba to the Florida Keys. And she's going to do it at the age of 61.  This trip...continued

What We Learned From Waldo: Our Florida Keys Oil-Seeking Robot Ends His Run

Posted August 20, 2010 by Ali Chase in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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On July 19, NRDC, Oceana, and Mote Marine Laboratory launched “Waldo” – an ocean robot designed to help defend the Florida Keys’ environmental and economic resources from impacts from the Gulf oil spill. Waldo is armed with an array of...continued

Everglades National Park added to List of World Heritage in Danger

Posted August 9, 2010 by Ali Chase in Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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At the recent meeting of the World Heritage Committee, the Everglades National Park was placed back on the List of World Heritage in Danger. This is the ecological treasure’s second time on the list: the park was first added in...continued

Scientists Discuss Potential Impacts of Oil Exposure on Florida Keys

Posted August 5, 2010 by Ali Chase in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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In the Florida Keys – a place defined by its ocean environment and where the economy’s health is directly reliant on a healthy ecosystem – the community is anxious to know whether or not oil will reach their shores, what...continued

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