BONAIRE TO WELCOME FABIEN COUSTEAU
Tourism Corporation Bonaire is pleased to announce that Mr. Fabien Cousteau will be visiting Bonaire from April 8 – 12, 2016. During his time on island, Mr. Cousteau will be conducting a seminar for local dive tourism stakeholders and volunteering in a variety of scuba diving themed activities.
“It’s an honor to host Mr. Cousteau on Bonaire and have him contribute to our marine environment practices,” commented Maurice Adriaens, Director of Tourism for Tourism Corporation Bonaire. “Mr. Cousteau’s service and dedication to the betterment of the world’s oceans has been an inspiration to Bonaire. We are very grateful that he has dedicated this time to share his insights into ocean habitats and how to strike a balance between nature preservation and tourism development.”
- During the seminar, Mr. Cousteau will discuss his experience spending 31 days under the sea and contribute his ideas as to how to best protect Bonaire’s marine environment. More information on the seminar will follow soon.
During his time on island, Mr. Cousteau will also visit the Coral Restoration Foundation Bonaire coral nurseries, meet with the STINAPA management team and Marine Park Rangers and participate in Dive Friends Bonaire’s clean up dive at the North Pier. TCB would like to thank everyone who is contributing to Mr. Cousteau’s visit to Bonaire.
Fabien Cousteau is an aquanaut, oceanographic explorer, conservationist and documentary filmmaker. As the first grandson of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Fabien spent his early years aboard his famous grandfather’s ships, Calypso and Alcyone; and learned how to scuba dive on his fourth birthday. Today, Fabien continues to fulfill his family’s legacy to protect and preserve the planet’s extensive and endangered marine inhabitants and habitats.
Fabien is well known for his study of sharks. During 2000-2002, he was an Explorer-at-Large for National Geographic and collaborated with them to create a TV special aimed at changing public conceptions about sharks called, “Attack of the Mystery Shark,” based on the series of shark attacks that occurred along the New Jersey shoreline in the summer of 1916. Then in 2003-2006, Fabien produced the documentary, “Mind of a Demon,” that aired on CBS. With the help of a large crew, Fabien created a 14-foot, 1,200-pound, lifelike shark submarine called “Troy” that enabled him to immerse himself inside the shark world, providing viewers with a rare view of the mysterious and often misunderstood creatures.
In June 2014, Fabien and his team of aquanauts embarked on Mission 31, the longest science expedition to take place at Aquarius, the world’s only underwater marine laboratory located nine miles off the coast of the Florida Keys and 63 feet beneath the sea. Fabien’s Mission 31 broke new ground in ocean exploration and honored the 50th anniversary of his grandfather’s original underwater living experiment (Conshelf Two) by going deeper, longer and further, while broadcasting each moment live on multiple channels. He was honored with the distinguished 2015 SeaKeepers Award for his efforts on Mission 31 and for a life devoted to the ocean.
Fabien is currently working on a feature documentary film and book documenting the adventures of Mission 31, as well as establishing a Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center in the Florida Keys. The center will be a virtual STEAM platform to afford children around the world the opportunity to learn about oceans and engage with aquanauts, ocean explorers and marine biologists directly through social media and interactive videos. To learn more about Fabien Cousteau, visit www.fabiencousteau.org.