Although Jaws premiered over three decades ago, public misconceptions about sharks remain, resulting in the steady rise of industrial fishing and the threat of species extinction. With the goal of dispelling popular misconceptions about sharks and gaining a better scientific understanding of their behavior, Fabien created Troy—a shark-shaped submersible designed to mimic the fish’s behavior. Armed with video cameras and full diving gear, Fabien and his team swam alongside great whites, capturing over 170 hours of footage from inside of Troy’s belly over the course of two years. In 2006, CBS aired Mind of a Demon With Fabien Cousteau, a primetime special that featured highlights from the Troy experience.
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WNYC: The Leonard Lopate Show
How Healthy Are the Oceans?
Originally aired on January 30, 2013
Fabien Cousteau, a filmmaker, oceanographic explorer and grandson of Jacques Cousteau, and marine toxicologist Susan Shaw talk about the health of the oceans and conservation. Susan dove into the BP oil slick in May 2010 to assess the impact of oil and the chemical dispersants used to clean the spill, which had a devastating impact on marine life in the Gulf and human health.
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Growing up on decks of his famous Grandfather’s ships, Calypso and Alcyone, Fabien Cousteau was destined to work to protect our planet’s immense and endangered marine habitats. Fabien champions the family legacy as third generation ocean explorer and filmmaker.
From his vast experience in the field, coupled with a degree in environmental economics from Boston University, he has refined a public policy platform grounded by his strong belief that environmental discipline can be the basis for innovative solutions that strike a balance between regional and global environmental problems and the realities of market economies.
Fabien has worked with National Geographic, Discovery, PBS and CBS to produce ocean exploration documentaries from 1998-2006. In 2006, Fabien partnered with his father, Jean-Michel Cousteau, and sister, Celine, for an ongoing multi-year multi-hour series for PBS called Ocean Adventures. In 2010, he launched Plant A Fish, an innovative nonprofit organization designed to empower communities and children to help restore their local water ecosystems through the healthy “replanting” of key marine species. Current initiatives include restoration projects in El Salvador, New York City, South Florida, Nicaragua and the Maldives. Expansion to Haiti, Dominican Republic, Bahamas, Indonesia and Washington DC is expected in 2013 followed by Greece, California, Mozambique and Nova Scotia in early 2014.
An active writer, he is currently working on a children’s book trilogy. Fabien is routinely seen on network television, the Oprah Winfrey Show, Gayle King, and as a guest/ contributor to NBC’s Today Show as well as appearing on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, CNN, France 2, NPR, MSNBC and many more. He shares his guidance as a member of multiple Boards including SeaKeepers Society, Water Innovation Alliance, Millennium Project, Blue Ocean Film Festival, Plastic Pollution Coalition, One World One Ocean, Points of Light, Antarctic Ocean Alliance, Aquarius Foundation, Bahamas National Trust and the New York Harbor School.
Additionally, he speaks at a variety of global and domestic environmental and water conferences as well as mainstream business conferences such as Bloomberg, BLUE, Google Zeitgeist, Sundance, Tribeca Film Festival, DLD, Rio+20, BiF and TEDx (Los Angeles/ New York/ Rio).
Fabien shares his time between France and the United States (New York City) and when not conducting fieldwork he is riding the planet on a wind surfer, mountain bike or piloting a plane or taking a hike with Heidi, his four legged companion. His passion for vintage motorcycles sometimes takes him to the quiet of his garage where his cellphone does not work and he can dive into the zen of breathing life into these "basket cases."
Fox 7 News: Parent to Parent
Originally aired in July 2012
Outside, Fabien Cousteau: Underwater Auteur
December 2005 — Michael Behar
Fabien Cousteau is sunburned. It’s a sultry August evening in Key Largo, Florida, and the 38-year-old grandson of history’s preeminent undersea explorer arrives late for dinner, having just wrapped up a 13-hour day filming coral spawning.