Alexandra Cousteau to support sustainable fisheries reforms in Philippines visit

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Oceana senior adviser Alexandra Cousteau helps with the Remote Operating Vehicle. Little Belt, Denmark. Oceana Baltic Sea Expedition II onboard the Hanse Explorer. June 2012

Manila – Conservation advocate Alexandra Cousteau, senior adviser to Oceana, is visiting the Philippines from Aug. 29 to Sept. 11 to promote awareness on sustainable fisheries management and the global fight against illegal fishing practices.

Oceana senior adviser Alexandra Cousteau attends the Sea Change event in Laguna Beach, CA.
Oceana senior adviser Alexandra Cousteau attends the Sea Change event in Laguna Beach, CA.

The grandchild of renowned undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau, Alexandra has closely followed in her father, Philippe, and grandfather’s footsteps and has been named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer for her films and advocacy on water issues.

During her visit, she will be meeting with national and local political authorities, environment officials, representatives from the academe, the youth, and most importantly, local communities who are the front-liners in the campaign to save and protect the oceans.

Cousteau will be exploring the Tañon Strait Protected Seascape, the country’s largest marine protected area, where Oceana is working to end illegal commercial fishing and ensure that artisanal fishers will benefit the most from their municipal waters.

She will be diving in Moalboal in Cebu, where the year-round presence of sardine shoals is one of the top attractions in the thriving tourism industry.

In Apo Island in Negros Oriental, she is expected to interact with community leaders, whose strong partnership with the government, private sector and civil society in protecting their rich marine resources has become a sterling model for protected areas.

A much sought after speaker, Cousteau will talk about Oceana’s global campaign, “Save the Oceans, Feed the World”, at the Silliman University in Dumaguete, and at the University of Cebu Banilad Campus in Cebu City.

One of the highlights of her visit is a diving trip to El Nido in Palawan, which Jacques Cousteau explored in his boat ‘Calypso’ in the early 1990s. Alexandra will be looking at the impact of climate change and illegal fishing practices in El Nido’s coral reefs and the livelihoods of the residents.

Oceana senior advisor Alexandra Cousteau explores the amazing marine life in Apo Island, including this endangered green sea turtle. Apo Island in Dauin, Negros Oriental is known as the model of marine protection where the collaboration among the community, NGOs, academe, and government agencies has led to the protection of the marine resources for around 30 years. ©OCEANA/ Danny Ocampo
Oceana senior advisor Alexandra Cousteau explores the amazing marine life in Apo Island, including this endangered green sea turtle. Apo Island in Dauin, Negros Oriental is known as the model of marine protection where the collaboration among the community, NGOs, academe, and government agencies has led to the protection of the marine resources for around 30 years.
©OCEANA/ Danny Ocampo

 

Oceana is the largest international advocacy organization dedicated solely to ocean conservation. Oceana is rebuilding abundant and biodiverse oceans by winning science-based policies in countries that control one third of the world’s wild fish catch. With over 100 victories that stop overfishing, habitat destruction, pollution and killing of threatened species like turtles and sharks, Oceana’s campaigns are delivering results. A restored ocean means that one billion people can enjoy a healthy seafood meal, every day, forever. Together, we can save the oceans and help feed the world. Visit www.oceana.org to learn more.

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Yasmin Arquiza, Communications Director

Oceana Philippines

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