Georgienne Bradley is the founder & executive director of Sea Save Foundation. She is also co-owner of Bradley Ireland Productions, one of the world’s largest underwater still photography and video stock houses.
A tireless conservationist, Ms. Bradley is a scientist, underwater photographer, videographer, writer & producer who has been focused on raising awareness of the plight of the world’s oceans for over two decades. She has authored hundreds of magazine articles and scientific papers about the ocean, and two books, Such is Life in Costa Rica: Underwater Printex, Costa Rica and Dive Guide to Costa Rica. She has also produced ocean-themed programming for Paramount, Disney and National Geographic.
Ms. Bradley is perhaps best known for her work involving shark finning and Cocos Island. In 1990, she and underwater photographer Jay Ireland began documenting the plight of Cocos Island, a remote, uninhabited island off the coast of Costa Rica, home to a thriving marine ecosystem. The two documented shark-finning practices and were instrumental in expanding the boundaries of Cocos Island’s protected areas, eventually contributing to its UNESCO designation as a World Heritage Site.
Ms. Bradley spearheaded the launch of Costa Rican Marine Imaging Project (CRMIP), an NGO that enables travelers and students to get involved with educational production projects. She is also the co-founder of the America Society of Media Photographers’ Underwater Professionals Group and a member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame.
At Sea Save Foundation, Ms. Bradley campaigns to raise awareness of the planet’s fragile marine ecosystems and advocates for change in public policy. In 2013, representatives from Sea Save Foundation helped negotiate groundbreaking policy changes at CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) to protect seven marine species. With Sea Save Foundation’s current Give ‘em The Fin campaign, Bradley has returned to the issue of shark finning.
Ms. Bradley studied medicine at Sackler Medical School, Tel Aviv University and attended graduate school at Georgetown University.