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Brad Sewell, Senior Attorney, New York

Brad Sewell

I am a senior attorney in NRDC’s NY office. Most of my advocacy is focused on protecting and restoring ocean and coastal resources in the mid-Atlantic and New England regions, particularly around the NY/NJ harbor and bight. I have also worked to save the Florida Everglades for the last fifteen years. I am an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of Law and Columbia's School of Public Health, Division of Environmental Sciences. I have JD and MPH from Columbia and a bachelor's degree from Stanford University.

Recent Posts

Sturgeon Rescue: Under Settlement, Federal Government Will Designate Critical Habitat For Imperiled Atlantic Sturgeon

Posted November 27, 2014 by Brad Sewell in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Reviving the World's Oceans

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Just in time for Thanksgiving, Tuesday brought good news for Atlantic sturgeon. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has agreed to a settlement with NRDC that will result in critical habitat designation for Atlantic sturgeon, which is listed under the...continued

NRDC, Fishermen and Watershed Protection Groups Launch Legal Action to Protect Disappearing Blueback Herring

Posted October 17, 2014 by Brad Sewell in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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Today, NRDC submitted a 60-day notice of intent to file suit against the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, challenging the federal government decision not to provide Endangered Species Act protection for the blueback herring,...continued

Government Fails to Protect Great Hammerhead Shark

Posted June 13, 2014 by Brad Sewell in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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In March 2013, NRDC submitted a petition to list the northwest Atlantic population of the great hammerhead shark as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  After conducting a scientific review, the government has announced that it will not propose...continued

NRDC Files Lawsuit to Protect Critical Habitat for Atlantic Sturgeon

Posted March 18, 2014 by Brad Sewell in Reviving the World's Oceans, U.S. Law and Policy

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This spring, along the Atlantic coast from Florida to Maine, small numbers of endangered Atlantic sturgeon will come in from the sea to make their way upriver to spawn.  These fish, and the new generation they will produce, face daunting...continued

Tufted Puffin in Peril: NRDC Petitions to Protect the Bird Species Along Pacific Coast

Posted February 12, 2014 by Brad Sewell in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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Named for the striking yellow tufts that grow above its eyes during breeding season, the tufted puffin is one of the most loved birds in North America. With its short wings that allow it to swim expertly underwater, the tufted...continued

Reducing Bycatch By Strengthening U.S. Fisheries Law

Posted January 15, 2014 by Brad Sewell in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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Photo credit: NOAA Fisheries Growing up, most of us were urged to eat all of our dinner, to avoid wasting good food. In the case of seafood, the waste can start long before the fish reaches the plate and...continued

Pinto Abalone to be Considered for Endangered Species Listing

Posted November 18, 2013 by Brad Sewell in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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In June, NRDC submitted a petition to the National Marine Fisheries Service to list the pinto abalone as “endangered” under the Endangered Species Act. (In August, the Center for Biological Diversity submitted a similar petition.) Monitoring shows populationsof the species...continued

National Academy of Sciences Recognizes Success of U.S. Fisheries Rebuilding Law

Posted September 9, 2013 by Brad Sewell in Reviving the World's Oceans, U.S. Law and Policy

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There’s a playground basketball boast for when you make a basket without touching the net or backboard:  “nothing but net.”  If you were a fisherman chasing summer flounder (a.k.a. fluke) off the Mid-Atlantic coast in 1990, this was how you...continued

Rescuing the Pinto Abalone

Posted June 28, 2013 by Brad Sewell in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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With its stunning mother-of-pearl shell and tasty muscular foot, the pinto abalone has long been considered a prize catch along the west coast of North America.                 Scientists are also increasingly worried that the pinto abalone is on the leading...continued

Dusky Shark One Step Closer to Protection under the Endangered Species Act

Posted May 17, 2013 by Brad Sewell in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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Today marks an important day for sharks off our Atlantic coast and in the Gulf of Mexico. Responding to a petition filed by NRDC in February, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric  Association (NOAA) today...continued

Great hammerhead shark may get more protection

Posted April 29, 2013 by Brad Sewell in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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In mid-March, NRDC submitted a petition to list the Northwest Atlantic population of great hammerhead shark as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act.  Last week, NOAA announced that our petition, as well as one submitted by WildEarth Guardians, had demonstrated...continued

REPORT: Federal Law is Recovering Fish Stocks

Posted March 13, 2013 by Brad Sewell in Reviving the World's Oceans, U.S. Law and Policy

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A decade and a half after a fisheries crisis led the U.S. Congress to enact landmark requirements for the rebuilding of fish stocks, two-thirds of the stocks subjected to the requirements have been rebuilt or are making significant rebuilding progress,...continued

Day 9: Storms Force Us In

Posted October 10, 2012 by Brad Sewell in Reviving the World's Oceans

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Successive storm fronts have forced a premature end to our Atlantic seamounts and canyons expedition. Yesterday, we suffered – and I mean that literally – up to ten foot seas as a storm front came through. A tropical depression is...continued

Day 7: Sargassum Sanctuaries

Posted October 7, 2012 by Brad Sewell in Reviving the World's Oceans

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The AUV Mary Anne’s mission yesterday provided more photos of deep sea corals on Physalia.  In addition to more black corals, other octocorals, such as bamboo corals, have been identified.  Meanwhile, the scientific team, led by Dr. Peter Auster of...continued

Day 5: High Seas Bring Good News

Posted October 5, 2012 by Brad Sewell in Reviving the World's Oceans

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The Gulf Stream runs over Physalia seamount, bringing warm currents and moist air up from southern waters and making the deck of the Scarlett Isabella feel like a Miami Beach poolside the last two days. Today the North Atlantic asserted...continued

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