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Category: Conservation

Protecting Treasures Amongst Crisis

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 8th October 2021

By Jean-Michel Cousteau and Holly Lohuis In these times of uncertainties for what the future might bring, it is natural for us to feel a sense of hopelessness. We have watched and witnessed the entire world come to a complete standstill.  But if I can share some stories of …

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Travel tips: Be an ambassador for our planet

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 23rd September 2021

By Fly & Sea  Divers share a deep connection with the ocean. Whether you love exotic dive adventures or spend your holidays diving closer to home, you can make a difference for ocean protection every time you make a dive.  Be an Eco-tourist Make informed decisions when choosing and visiting a …

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Orcas: Sentinels for Ocean Health

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 10th August 2021

By Jean-Michel Cousteau and Holly Lohuis L41, a 43-year-old male orca from the Southern Resident L Pod is missing and feared dead. This is just one more blow to the endangered orca population in the Puget Sound region.  For whale researchers, whale enthusiasts and local residents of the Pacific …

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Whales Are Vital in Climate Change Fight

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 4th June 2021

By Jean-Michel Cousteau and Holly Lohuis Twenty years ago my team and I had the vision of creating a marine conservation organization, Ocean Futures Society, with the mission to explore our global ocean, inspiring and educating people throughout the world to act responsibly for its protection. Since 1999 we …

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Lionfish – from predator to pendant

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 29th March 2021

Text by Ian Stalker Lionfish that venture into Dominica waters may end up on a journey that transforms them from predators to prey to pendants. Lionfish are native to the Indian and Pacific Oceans but were introduced into Caribbean waters inadvertently or otherwise and have become a major problem …

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How one turtle became a popular children’s book – Ella’s Adventure

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 12th February 2021

Christian Miller sat down with DIVER to talk about his new book Ella’s Adventure.  Did you always want to become a children’s book author? No, this was absolutely not on my radar, ever. I am considering myself a story teller, but more through art, photography or filmmaking. But it …

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Last minute adopt a coral gift good for the ocean!

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 18th December 2020

Coral Guardian, a major force in coral reef conservation around the world, now offers a unique Christmas gift through it’s Adopt a Coral program, Coral Guardian. So spoil your loved ones, or yourself, while contributing to the protection of the ocean. Click here to adopt!  Each coral adopted comes …

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Sea of Change Foundation Announces Design Competition Winner

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 10th December 2020

Over the past six years, the Sea of Change Foundation has supported both threatened species conservation projects and promoted ocean pollution awareness. This past summer, in partnership with the Science Exchange, the Foundation initiated an exciting new project that directly addresses both issues while promoting citizen science. The “Build …

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Saginaw Bay’s Marine Ecosystem Revival

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 14th October 2020

Saginaw Bay’s warm waters serve as nursery grounds for many fish species and support the fisheries of both Saginaw Bay and the main basin of Lake Huron. Historically, inner Saginaw Bay contained rock reefs that provided critical habitats,spawning grounds, and juvenile areas for many native fish species. This includes …

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TADPOLES: The Big Little Migration

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 16th September 2020

Inside the current issue of DIVER (Fall 2020) you’ll see a lovely four page feature by our regular columnist Maxwel Hohn, all about the incredible journey of the western toad tadpole. Maxwel has been capturing footage of the tadpoles for four years, accumulating in this mini nature documentary, noq …

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Attention Washington divers – your help is needed!

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 21st July 2020

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is conducting a study of licensed anglers to learn more about fishing, shellfishing, and diving participation and preferences so that they can better manage specific fisheries and opportunities. Your answers are very important to the Department, and the survey will only take approximately …

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Keeping Orcas Wild

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 11th May 2020

By Jean-Michel Cousteau and Holly Lohuis I have written extensively about my fascination, respect, and love for orcas. I believe they are our counterparts in the sea. Orcas are intelligent, they live in culturally rich families known as pods, speak different languages and dialects, and express feelings of empathy …

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Spot something odd? Share it!

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 1st May 2020

By Heather Creech Dan is a South Australian freediver who loves to snorkel the Port River estuary – a site near Adelaide’s marine shipping terminals not often visited by divers. One day last year, Dan spotted something in the shallows he didn’t recognize: an unusual bivalve. So he took …

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A Brighter Future

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 1st April 2020

By Jean-Michel Cousteau and Holly Lohuis The day my good friend lost his fishing boat due to the dwindling catch of the sardine fishery off the coast of France is the day I realized the ocean has limits. It was at a period of my younger years that I …

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Canada: Free Marine Mammal Guide

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 13th March 2020

Canadian divers spend a lot of time on boats, whether they are in command of the vessel, crewing, or just a passenger, having a more accurate knowledge of marine mammal safety and stewardship is highly recommended. A collaboration between the Canadian Power Squadron and local whale researchers and educators …

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Wakatobi Coral Reefs Receive Excellent Health Report

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 10th March 2020

Wakatobi’s Coral Reefs Receive Excellent Health Report, May Provide a Model For Future Sustainability A marine biologist reports that the reefs surrounding Wakatobi Resort show no signs of degradation or bleaching. Dr. Richard Smith performed much of his PhD research at Wakatobi in the 2009 time period. He recently …

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Divers + Science = Citizen Science

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 16th October 2019

By Heather Creech Don Gordon carries a special slate on every dive. On that slate is a list of 100 species of fish, invertebrates, and marine plants for the Pacific Northwest waters. While diving with his friends, he checks off what he sees – a single sighting, a few …

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Solving problems – One Coral Polyp at a Time

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 15th October 2019

By Jean-Michel Cousteau and Holly Lohuis Leaders from around the world gathered in San Francisco this past month in the largest climate event ever held in the United States and I was very proud to be a part of this Global Climate Action Summit. It was very inspiring to …

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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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