Jean-Michel Cousteau's blog

The Legacy In Action

Captain Jacques Cousteau June 25th marks thirteen years since my father passed away.  This month also marks his 100th birthday, so it has been a time of reflection for all of us who knew and adored him.  It has also been a time of much activity ...

Gulf Oil Spill: More than a Sea Change

Matthew Ferraro holds a crude oil covered crab In the midst of desperate attempts to stem the flow of oil and the agony of waiting to understand its effects, we are left with simple questions like what exactly is happening to the waters of the Gulf? And how quickly can we move from dependence on oil to a sustainable, renewable energy policy ...

Jean-Michel Cousteau dispatches team to Gulf oil spill

Jean-Michel Cousteau at the Prestige Oil Spill in Spain, 2002 Today I am dispatching team members Matt Ferraro, Brian Hall, and Nathan Dembeck to join Gary Holland and myself at St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, to find and explain the realities of this unprecedented oil spill ...

Gulf Oil Spill

Gas Platform in Flower Gardens
    There is an image that haunts me. It involves the April 20 Deepwater Horizon oil platform explosion 50 miles southeast of the Mississippi Delta ...

Marine Conservation Losses

Pacific BlueFin TunaIn a time of tremendous loss of biodiversity in the marine environment, it saddens me to read the recent headline: “Trade Beats Conservation At U.N. Wildlife Talks" ...

The Truth About Keiko's Death

Keiko On March 1st on Larry King Live, Thad Lacinak, who spent 30 years at Sea World and worked as head trainer, made the statement that Keiko died of starvation in the wild after losing more than 1000 lbs. This statement is incorrect ...

Statement on Releasing Captive Orcas

Jean-Michel Cousteau up close with Keiko The recent tragic death of an orca trainer has raised the question of whether orcas in captivity should be released. It is a complicated question with no simple answer, but this is my experience ...

In Support of ‘Salmon Farms Exposed’

Jean-Michel Cousteau and Alexandra Morton While filming our PBS/KQED special “Call of the Killer Whale” in British Colombia over a year ago, my team and I heard a consistent message throughout the scientific community, First Nations and marine conservation organizations. That message was that open-net salmon farms are killing many of the wild salmon runs of British Columbia ...

Water Alive

Plankton During the many years that my father, Jacques Cousteau, and I sailed onboard Calypso, we stood at the helm of our ship as the cameras rolled and we crossed what seemed endless oceans. We discovered firsthand, sometimes wave by wave, that this is indeed a water planet ...

A Gift from the Sea

salmon and sea lice Tuesday January 26th was an important day for the long-term survival of wild salmon of the Pacific Northwest ...
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