On Feb. 28, Alexandra Cousteau was announced as Oceana’s new senior advisor. Cousteau is not only the granddaughter of ocean explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, but is also a distinguished international ocean advocate in her own right. With a background that includes being the founder of Blue Legacy International, the National Geographic “Emerging Explorer” of 2008, a brand ambassador for Oceana expedition partner Revo Sunglasses, a Global Water Advisor for the Live Earth 2010 Run for Water and the co-host of the Discovery Channel’s “Blue August,” Cousteau is more than well versed for the position.
“I admire Oceana’s effectiveness,” said Cousteau. “In order to protect our oceans, we need action that produces tangible results and that’s what Oceana does. I’ve traveled the globe exploring our oceans and I’ve learned from the world’s best, so I know what’s at stake. I trust in Oceana’s ability to protect the oceans and I’m thrilled to do my part to help it keep winning.”
Cousteau is an established and well-respected voice in the community and, in her new role, she will offer her environmental expertise and influence to help guide Oceana’s global campaigns to protect and restore the oceans.
“Alexandra comes from a family of ocean heroes; it’s in her blood. I can’t think of a better person to join Oceana as we tackle our second decade of ocean conservation,” said Oceana CEO Andy Sharpless. “She’s been at this since her first ocean expedition when she was four months old, so she has a level of experience and credibility that is extremely unique. We’re immensely fortunate to have her on our team.”