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Category: Conservation

Fish or Plastic: Our Changing Oceans

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 2nd July 2019

By Jean-Michel Cousteau and Holly Lohuis In the middle of the central Pacific lies a string of islands, atolls, and submerged reefs that provide a haven for a rich array of marine life. Here, in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, the oceans are full of healthy corals, huge schools of …

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Love is in the Sea

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 5th November 2018

Far beneath the waves, glistening under the new moon, the mood strikes right for two fish in love. Swimming side by side and holding tails, seahorses engage in a ritual of love that is both fascinating and magical. Seahorses, named for their “horse-like” head, are actually fish despite their …

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Destination Diving Meets Ecotourism

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 1st November 2015

Text by Jean-Michel Cousteau Three flights from Santa Barbara, California, to Barbados, followed by a 45 minute single propeller plane ride to Union Island, a brisk 20-minute boat ride across the southern Caribbean’s turquoise water to a lush green mountain rising steadily from a seemingly endless ocean, I finally …

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Fifteen Years of Ocean Celebration

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 21st January 2015

Text by Jean-Michel Cousteau Twenty fourteen is a special year for Ocean Futures Society – this year we are celebrating our 15th anniversary: 15 years of ocean advocacy through our award-winning films and educational programs that teach and inspire us all to protect our ocean planet.  These past 15 …

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Ocean Acidification Crumbling the Shells of the Sea

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 17th November 2014

Text by Jean-Michel Cousteau and Jaclyn Mandoske If there is one thing we know from the history of life on Earth, it is that the oceans are resilient and relentless. Nearly four billion years ago the first raindrops fell from our cooling planet, accumulating in low basins and forming …

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Canaries of Climate Change

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 29th September 2014

Text by Jean-Michel Cousteau and Jaclyn Mandoske Ten million people of the Pacific Island Nations are calling – and we have yet to answer their plea. Like the canary in the coalmine, thousands of drowning islands in the Pacific are telling us that something dangerous is happening. As ocean …

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Cousteaus Carry On

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 3rd September 2014

A third generation of diving’s famous family follows in the footsteps of pioneering grandfather, Jacques-Yves Cousteau  ByJean-Michel Cousteau As a proud father, I always look forward to watching the accomplishments of my children and these past two months of May and June proved to be an amazing milestone for …

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Secret Ocean 3D

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 29th July 2014

ByJean-Michel Cousteau and Jaclyn Mandoske Gaze across the glistening sea and watch as the sun’s rays glimmer and bounce off the ocean waves. Water covers more than two-thirds of our planet, and yet the world below the surface of the world’s oceans is still mysterious to us – from …

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Lessons from Fukushima

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 16th June 2014

ByJean-Michel Cousteau My concern about the disaster at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant continues as news from many sources continues to pour in.  Sadly, not much of it is good news and, even worse, some of what I hear is sensationalized.  Radioactivity continues to be released into the ocean …

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Architecture for Harmony in the Sea

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 25th April 2014

ByJean-Michel Cousteau As an architecture student, I learned that good design is usually derived from shapes found in nature. Pure geometry is interesting enough, but it is cold. There is logic and proportion in living organisms that has the capacity to fill us with joy. My favorite shape was …

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James Cameron to address Senate on importance of ocean science

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 10th June 2013

Explorer and Director James Cameron will be on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, June 11, with Dr. Susan Avery, president and director of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for a series of public events and a Senate hearing. Central to their visit is the display of the DEEPSEA CHALLENGER, the only human-occupied …

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Pipeline Foils Hopes for a Sustainable Future

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 23rd May 2013

ByJean-Michel Cousteau Nearly 40,000 people gathered in front of the White House in Washington D.C. on Sunday, February 17, 2013 for the largest protest in U.S. history to address global climate change and the hopes for a sustainable future.  The fight is against the Keystone XL Pipeline, a proposed …

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Living Classrooms in the Undersea World

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 23rd May 2013

ByJean-Michel Cousteau Amid laughter and squeals of delight, twenty families splash into the chilly waters off Catalina Island, California. It certainly doesn’t look like serious education, but it is. These are students with their parents from all over the country, many of them diving into 68°F (20°C) ocean water …

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Protecting the Songs of the Sea

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd May 2013

ByJean-Michel Cousteau The sea is not a silent world. There are songs in the ocean that must be heard. Some are just whispers, but meaningful ones. Listen to the diverse repertoire of sounds and songs as you dive beneath the surface of the sea.  The haunting calls of the …

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The Porsche of the Sea

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd May 2013

Together, we can steer it clear of a collision course with extinction! By Jean-Michel Couteau   Through my regular column I am pleased to share with you vital information on the state of the oceans – waves of hope coupled  with much work that needs to be done to …

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Underwater Sculptures

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd May 2013

Inside the pages of DIVER Volume 38 Issue 3 you’ll be able to read about the oceans most promoinent underwater sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor. Taylor’s most well known work was in creating the world’s first underwater scultpure park off the coast of Grenada in 2006, it is now considered one …

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SeaOrbiter Water World Drift Mission

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 2nd January 2013

Getting SeaOrbiter off the drawing board and into the aquatic realm she was conceived to explore would move humankind a step closer to colonizing the oceans By DIVER Staff SeaOrbiter on YouTube The future of inner space exploration is on a course set by outer space science fiction. SeaOrbiter …

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In Loving Memory of Albert Falco

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 16th November 2012

  By Jean-Michel Cousteau The Cousteau name is forever linked with the ocean and so it is also necessarily linked to a ship run by a team that keeps the vessel and the adventure going. This remains true even without a ship. The team comprises a wide-range of devoted …

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‘Regular’ critters important to reefs

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 15th November 2012

  By Jean-Michel Cousteau If you’ve ever walked along a pristine, white sand beach in the tropics you most likely have a parrotfish to thank for that experience. Many species of this fish, of which there are about 80, make their home in the busy ‘urban’ world of tropical …

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Love is in the Sea

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 11th November 2012

By Jean-Michel Cousteau Far beneath the waves, glistening under the new moon, the mood strikes right for two fishes in love. Swimming side by side and holding tails, seahorses engage in a ritual of love that is both fascinating and magical. Seahorses, named for their “horse-like” head, are actually …

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Salmon: Lifeblood of the Pacific Northwest

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 16th February 2012

By Jean-Michel Cousteau The biological clock of the Pacific Northwest is set to the rhythm of the ebb and flow of five different species of Pacific salmon: Chinook, Chum, Coho, Sockeye and Pink. Preparing to spawn, adult salmon travel upstream from the open ocean along coastal rivers and streams. …

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DIVER news round up: Wednesday 15th

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 15th February 2012

DIVER magazine scours the internet so you don’t have to. Simply browse our selection of todays top stories and click for further reading… This round up of “Little known facts about the ocean” has some great statistics. Read article. Source: Marinebio Post Valentines Day blues? Maybe this picture of …

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State of the Ocean

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 15th February 2012

By Jean-Michel Cousteau Beginnings are always a time for renewal and optimism and the debut of 2010 is a good time to consider what we are faced with that concerns the ocean and the environment. The meetings on climate change in Copenhagen must now result in global policy change, …

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When the Sea Reacts

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 15th February 2012

By Jean-Michel Cousteau I have traveled most of my life and have seen changes in the sea that no one, not even my brilliant father, could have predicted.  Jacques Cousteau, however, did point the direction on many things—the danger of nuclear waste, overfishing, habitat destruction, even the high cost …

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Man-Fish Gives Thumbs Up to Iron Man

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 14th February 2012

By Phil Nuytten In the summer of 1986, Jacques Yves Cousteau was in Vancouver, BC, accompanied by his son and producer, Jean-Michel. They were in the city to take part in Expo ’86, an international exposition that was attended by hundreds of thousands of visitors from all parts of …

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The Value of Biodiversity

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 12th February 2012

By Jean-Michel Cousteau Imagine you have just returned from a life-changing dive trip to an absolutely magnificent island chain surrounded by the most beautiful reefs you have ever seen. Immersion in this candy store of luscious treats has given you a deep connection to the miraculous wonder of life …

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill: What Have We Learned?

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 6th February 2012

By Jean-Michel Cousteau It will take years, maybe even decades, before we know the full impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, but we will begin to get a sense of just how far-reaching its effects are as the first round of wintering migratory birds makes their way through …

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Southern California Dives into Ocean Stewardship

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 6th February 2012

By Jean-Michel Cousteau Standing on the edge of a boat peering into the vast blue deep of the ocean is a thrilling – and sometimes intimidating—experience. My father “helped” me get over my nervousness by simply throwing me overboard at the age of 7 with the newly invented SCUBA …

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The Truth About Sunscreens and Coral Reefs

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 6th February 2012

By Jean-Michel Cousteau It’s often called ‘The Law of Unintended Consequences’. The simple explanation for this law is when we do something we believe is good or helpful but there is a counter, unexpected reaction that is not always so good. That is exactly the case with human sunscreens …

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Making the Connection: Ice Cover in the Arctic

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 6th February 2012

By Jean-Michel Cousteau It is widely accepted scientific knowledge that climate change has drastically accelerated rates of ice melt all over the planet, contributing to sea level rise.  This is only part of the story, however. Like the visible part of an iceberg, it represents only a small part of …

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Sharks at Risk

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 6th February 2012

By Jean-Michel Cousteau

 The ocean’s supreme hunter cleaves through the sea in dauntless pursuit of his prey. At the top of the food chain, he fears no other species. Using cunning and relentless force, he tracks his quarry, which can only feebly resist. He has one mission and one …

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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 11th October 2009

Two hundred years after his birth, Darwin’s Pacific has become a vortex of trash in the northern ocean where plastic refuse outweighs even the plankton. Text by Marie Freebody   Party Guest: “I just want to say one word to you. Just one word. Are you listening?” Benjamin Braddock: …

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