Sea Save Foundation was originally established as The Imaging Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. Executive Director, Georgienne Bradley spearheaded the launch of Costa Rican Marine Imaging Project (CRMIP), in 1995. This highly successful precursor of the Imaging Foundation recognized a strong need for marine related educational programs in Costa Rica. Using creative solutions CRMIP was able to execute several national educational programs with little funding.
1. Documented the shark finning practices at Cocos Island, presented our findings to Costa Rica President Figueres and the Minister of Natural Resources, Alvaro Ugalde. The images were published throughout the Costa Rican press and influenced a positive vote several weeks later that expanded the protected areas around Cocos Island National Park.
2. Partnered with the government of Costa Rica and assisted in the development of the successful petition for Cocos Island’s inclusion in the prestigious list of United Nations World Heritage Site. (The first petition submitted was rejected.) Our images illustrated the importance of the underwater and land animals resident to the island. We accompanied the United Nations delegation to Cocos Island, and the petition was accepted. Cocos Island is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
3. Developed a series of postage stamps with the Costa Rican Postmaster General illustrating the beauty of the Pacific and Caribbean underwater areas of Costa Rica. This series sold out faster than any other in Costa Rica’s history and was lauded by the Costa Rican press, as well as international magazines such as The Pacific Rim and the Cousteau Society’s publications.
4. Designed an innovative year-long campaign that utilized the widely popular Costa Rican lottery system as an educational tool. We knew that these tickets were finding their way into virtually every Costa Rican household, giving us amazing access. Thus, we designed a ticket that featured an image of a land or underwater animal every week. On the ticket’s reverse side, in Spanish, was a description of the importance of a healthy freshwater ecosystem to the livelihood of that species. This project stressed the importance of ecosystem interactions and the need to clean up the then-polluted freshwater areas throughout the Costa Rica countryside.
5. Developed a fourth grade curriculum using our images and research to teach Costa Rican students about their underwater ecosystems and the need to protect them.
Imaging Foundation History
2005, January – Launched our first website.
2005, August – Tonga Expedition – Developed only website dedicated to the plight of Pacific Humpback whales. Joined by volunteers from The World Bank and various other professions, we created a site that showcased the economic importance of whales tourism versus the short term value of the whaling trade. Special – kids – section explains the natural history of the humpback. Visit Page
2005, November – Cocos Expedition – Graphed scientific data that had been collected at Cocos Island over a ten year period and made this information available to everyone via the Imaging Foundation website. Graphs showed direct effect of water temperature on population numbers as well as predator prey population correlations. Visit Page
2006, January – First educational podcast and classroom production: The Cayman Project. Produced the first episode of Creative Solutions for Environmental Problems: – Survival of the Sea Turtles – which discusses the turtle’s life cycle and their threatened status. It also portrays a clever solution that seems to be “turning the tide” for these reptiles. Visit Page
2006 – Executed expeditions to Galapagos, North Sulawesi, and Cocos Island.
2006 – Imaging Foundation was offered the loan of a Sony HDW F900 high definition camera and Amphibicam Housing for all future productions.
2006, September – First Imaging Foundation expedition internship.
2006, November – Creative Solutions for Environmental Problems is produced: Rocco, The Cocos Island White-tip Shark. Shark biology and the effect of sharks on the surrounding ecosystems is presented in this production. Viewers learn about the critical importance that protected corridors play in the success of marine protected areas. This production is the precursor to our continued efforts in the protection of Cocos Island. Visit Page
2007, August – Cayman Scholar’s Expedition – A select group of female scholars met in Cayman for a seven-day program. This trip offered students the chance to SCUBA dive, to learn about the art of underwater documentary production and were invited to launch their own initiatives. Visit Page
2007, October – Cocos Poaching Expose – “Cocos Island Poaching” production. First documentation leading to presentation to Costa Rican press about the threats that poaching, shark-finning and illegal fishing pose for Cocos Island. Visit Page
2008, June – Kona Scholar’s expedition – second student expedition.