Sarah Chasis

Sarah Chasis is a senior attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council and director of its Ocean Initiative.

Recent Articles

A Call for Ocean-Policy Reform

The time is now for government to respond to long-standing demands for action.

Growing up in New York City, I enjoyed going to Jones Beach on a hot summer day with my family, spending the day swimming in the ocean, and then having dinner at Lundy's seafood restaurant on our way home. At that time, my parents didn't have to worry about the ocean water we swam in being polluted or the seafood we ate being contaminated or the last of a dying breed. But things have changed dramatically since then. Scientists tell us that the oceans are in a state of silent collapse and that we need to act now or it will be much harder and more expensive to fix later. Oceans cover more than 70 percent of the earth's surface and provide us with food, oxygen, and medicines. They help regulate our climate, and they provide recreational opportunities, jobs, and a unique way of life for residents and visitors of coastal communities. The United States has the largest ocean area under its jurisdiction of any country -- an area larger than the entire U.S. land mass. For most of our history,...