Part 2 of the Icon Series featuring Georgienne Bradley with Sea Save Foundation. “Oceans do not recognize political boundaries so we must work on an international platform if we are going to bring real change,” is Georgienne Bradley’s current mantra.
“Oceans do not recognize political boundaries so we must work on an international platform if we are going to bring real change,” is Georgienne Bradley’s current mantra.
The Sea Save Foundation team visited Cocos Island in 2020. A group of honed media professionals and Costa Rica government leaders including Haydee Rodriguez, the Costa Rica Vice Minister of Oceans arrived and worked for more than a week to pull back the veil of mystery surrounding this distant and pristine island.
Sea Save Foundation seeks new platforms and formats to deliver education and advocacy messages. Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” has a massive focused viewership interested in the ocean and marine animals.
Sustainable Development Goals – Under the Sea (SDG #14) – Building off of several years of successful negotiation as delegates at CITES, Sea Save Foundation has been invited to participate in United Nations’ conferences and meetings to advocate for specific ocean species and broad issues facing our oceans today. At these conferences, Sea Save Foundation representatives help influence delegates to commit to goal-oriented conservation efforts in their own countries and internationally.
2017, Geneva, Switzerland CITES pre-meeting and strategy session – Official attendees.
#GetTrashy Launched – Get Trashy is a personal challenge that is intended to be a catalyst for individuals and groups to initiate clean up activities in their communities and post the results on Facebook and other social media forums. Sea Save Foundation will post videos asking people to do a personal trash pick up this week and to post a video or image of their outcome. The location, time, and scope is up to the activist, creating a more flexible approach to the traditional beach clean up. Posting resultant images or videos is a way to show outcomes and inspire others to do the same. In addition to the flexibility of choice about time and location, Get Trashy promotes making advocacy clean up of trash something that can be done weekly or as frequently as the individual desires. The individual flexibility and digital video posting opportunities makes Get Trashy this generation’s answer to the traditional beach cleanup.
We created an online suite of tools that enables the general public to easily connect with their elected officials. These tools provide a valuable digital access point for those seeking to make a difference and make their voice heard. Since there are multiple alternative methods to influence policymakers in addition to online petitions, Sea Save Foundation can encourage people to utilize all effective means of contacting their representatives such as phone calls, email, and social media posts.
2016, Official attendees for CITES in Johannesburg, South Africa – Successfully lobbied to get Silky and Thresher Sharks, Mobula Rays, Chambered Nautilus, Precious Corals placed under the protection of Appendix II. This limits international trade of these animals and increases scrutiny of the current population.
2016, The Plastic Pollution Coalition created a video “Open Your Eyes” that was incredibly effective at explaining what plastic microbeads are, their origin, why they are harmful to our environment, and why they should be banned. Sea Save Foundation was listed as the first partner of the Coalition in this video that has been viewed by over 60,000 people thus far.
2016, Costa Rica teenagers filmed themselves torturing and killing an endangered turtle. A video was sent to Sea Save leadership where we posted it on social media. Due to the graphic nature of this video clones of our original video were removed. We launched a petition demanding that Costa Rica bring these people to justice. Eventually, they were convicted and sent to jail.
2016, Government officials in Grand Cayman Island were going to dredge a critical area of the Georgetown coast. The installation of the planned pier would have made docking the large cruise ships easier but would have killed much of the world renown reef system surrounding the island. We were able to collect over 40,000 signatures from around the world and brought them to Grand Cayman where the document was presented to lawmakers. The plans to dredge were canceled.
2015, Sea Save Foundation Director Georgienne Bradley was honored with being chosen as one of Discovery Channel Shark Week’s first Finbassadors. The Discovery Channel Shark Week website had almost five million hits for Georgienne Bradley’s Shark Week Video.
Sea Save Foundation director Georgienne Bradley was asked to speak about shark behavior on CNN, MSNBC, Fox, and other mainstream news outlets.
Sea Save Foundation was delighted to support the creative efforts of Balinese SCUBA shops to reseed lost coral ecosystems on underwater Hindu statues. The reseeded corals are healthy, growing quickly, and fast becoming the foundation of a robust new marine community. The restored reef serves as a nursery for juvenile fish and will fund itself by attracting dive tour groups to the area.
2015, Supported the BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit We strongly believe in the BLUE Ocean Film Festival mission, “To use the power of film, photography, entertainment, and science to educate, empower and inspire ocean stewardship around the globe.” Film has always been an integral part of the Sea Save Foundation mission, so we are proud to support this effort as foundation patrons.
2015, “Ocean Week in Review” was launched. This weekly publication provides carefully vetted articles about the ocean in summary form. Research, laws, discoveries are all included. Links to original sources are included providing the reader with the ability to keep abreast of current ocean news in only a few minutes each week.
2014, Wins for Fins was created. This resource center enabled students, teachers and advocates to keep track of all shark protection legislation and private sector actions that were occurring around the world. Every positive “win” was marked by a hyperlinked pin on the international global map. Views could click the pin to learn more.
2013, “Stand Behind CITES” Petition – When Japan, Yemen, Guyana, Denmark and Iceland decided not to adhere to the global CITES mandate to place marine megafauna under protection, we launched a petition calling on President Obama to invoke the Pelly Amendment to the Fishermen’s Protective Act and thereby begin the process of applying trade sanctions against these countries.
2013, Dive for a Difference (D4D) was launched. Sea Save Foundation called on the army of SCUBA divers around the world to use their cameras to capture images that would showcase the beauty, record the behavior and stand witness to the destruction of global marine ecosystems.
2012, Wave Rave was launched a global celebration and education day for oceans. Participants included dive clubs, schools, and families. Over 250 events were held worldwide.
2012, Give Em the Fin campaign was launched. The objective was to gather 20,000 images from the global community to protest against shark finning. Participants uploaded their symbolic images which were automatically inserted into a huge mosaic with one clear message “Say “no” to shark fin soup.
2011, Continued work with Cocos Island. Stayed on Island with national park guards, created equipment database and raised funds for equipment.
2011, Member of Plastic Pollution Coalition – Created PSA underscoring danger of single-use plastics.
Sea Save Foundation leaders worked closely with Assemblyman Paul Fong the co-sponsor of AB- 376. This was the California No Fin bill. We circulated a petition, gathering over 20,000 California signatures. We presented the petition to the California Senate and to Governor Jerry Brown. The bill was passed into law. This law makes it illegal to sell shark fins in California.
2010, November 4– The name of our organization was officially changed to “Sea Save Foundation”.
2010, Voice of America – Georgienne Bradley joins David Gibbons in a passionate overview of the work undertaken by the Imaging Foundation. As a scientist and executive director of Sea Save Foundation, she works between the critical Imaging Foundation projects and fundraising activities. Education and involvement of children have been a lifelong dream in this organization’s work. Georgienne Bradley talks to the essential nature of our oceans in maintaining the equilibrium of sensitive ecosystems and marine life. Listen to interview here
2009, Joined Facebook and started our social media outreach campaign.