Jean-Michel Cousteau

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Jean-Michel Cousteau, 2007

Jean-Michel Cousteau (born May 6, 1938 in Toulon ) is a French diver , film producer and the first son of the marine explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau and his first wife Simone Melchior.


He made his first dive in 1945 at the age of 7 with a regulator . In more than four decades, Jean-Michel has used his extensive experience as a researcher, environmental expert, educator and film producer to show people of all nations and generations his love and concern for our water planet.

During his countless travels he revealed much of his life with his family on board the Calypso and Alcyone to the public. After the death of his mother in 1990 and a legal dispute that resulted in the end of his collaboration with his father, Jean-Michel founded the Ocean Futures Society in 1999 .

The Ocean Futures Society is intended as a protection and training organization to represent a “voice for the ocean” by promoting a “preservation ethos” and developing marine education programs. Cousteau has made more than 70 films and has won an Emmy and a Peabody Prize .

The new documentary series "Ocean Adventures" produced by him appeared in 2006 and had far-reaching effects. One episode in the series "Reise zu Kure" suggested the 43rd President of the United States of America, George W. Bush , to place the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument under special conservation and thus to create the largest marine nature reserve in the world.

Current documentaries

Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Future Society , KQED and PBS are continuing production of a new ocean adventure series for 2007 and 2008. In October 2006, Cousteau and his team of explorers, which also includes his son Fabien and daughter Céline, began shooting along the Amazon .

Twenty years ago scientists predicted devastation and irreversible environmental damage in this river delta , and already 25 years ago Jean-Michel Cousteau and his father traveled with their teams all along the Amazon. At that time, the trip served for documentation and learning purposes, but today to re-assess the serious changes that have occurred in the largest river system on earth.

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