Jean-Michel Cousteau Dispatch - June 2016

June 8, 2016


Happy World Oceans Day!

May this be the day we pause for a moment, take a few extra deep breaths and appreciate all that the ocean provides us on a daily basis no matter where we live on this water planet. From the life-sustaining oxygen necessary for almost all life to exist (50%-70% of it produced by tiny plant plankton), to our favorite sustainably harvested seafood dish, to the long beach walks on our annual summer vacation or the excitement of planning a trip to our favorite tropical destination, the ocean holds a special place in our hearts. We need to appreciate the gifts from the sea on this special celebration, today and everyday.

The oceans are at risk, which ultimately means we are at risk too. So I ask you on this day to think of a special, creative way to give back to the oceans, and share your ethic of ocean protection with your loved ones by explaining the importance of this day. Part of the campaign message shared around the world for today’s World Oceans Day is to “Wear Blue, Tell Two.” We are calling for people to wear blue on June 8th to raise awareness for ocean conservation and also to share two facts with others about how and why we should protect our world oceans.

There is untold beauty and inspiration on our ocean planet. We can all make a difference – by protecting and conserving all life on our water planet, for us now, and for generations to come. 

We appreciate your loyalty and support. We depend on you, all of you, as a group of community members from around the world who are concerned about the health of our water planet.

Warm Regards,



Fiji Update

OFS Team and Supporters Help Our Fijian Friends

On February 20, 2016, a severe category-five tropical cyclone, Winston, battered Fiji. It was the most powerful storm on record to ever hit the Southern Hemisphere.  OFS immediately established a Fiji Emergency Fund and THANKS to many of you; we have been able to distributed funds to our Fijian staff and families to help them rebuild their homes and communities.
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JMC - Legion of Honor

From Jean-Michel’s Team: JMC is honored in Paris

Jean-Michel Cousteau continues to be recognized for his life-long dedication to ocean protection. And last month, Jean-Michel was honored and awarded the highest French Civilian Order of Distinction, the Chevalier de la Légion D’Honneur, Knight of the Legion of Honor, from President Hollande of France at the Élysées in Paris.
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Methane: An Invisible, Odorless, and Crucial Concern

On this World Oceans Day may we all take responsibility of environmental disasters taking place around the globe and put an end to them. Poor planning, consumer choices, lack of emergency response plans , and little knowledge of how to clean up some of our worse environmental spills continues to haunt us. First, we must know, then, we can act. When we change our behavior, we have the power to change the world.
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The Future of Aquariums

The Future of Aquariums

I will not give up in my efforts to convince Sea World and other marine parks to please retire their orcas and dolphins to seaside sanctuaries. No level of captivity can substitute the complex family structures and close-knit cultural societies developed by orcas in the wild. We no longer need to keep beautiful, intelligent animals behind glass enclosures to appreciate or understand them. It’s time to retire all orcas and let them live out their lives in the natural environment under human supervision.
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