Friday, June 11th is the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Jacques Cousteau and we would like to highlight activities celebrating the life of this legend.

Fabien Cousteau, third generation ocean explorer, documentary film maker, environmental ambassador, grandson of Jacques Cousteau and Water Innovations Foundation Advisory Board member, is launching a nonprofit organization in June called PLANT A FISH. Its core mission will focus on engaging and educating local communities and children toward the restoration efforts of their local marine environments. The lessons that participants will learn about nature and sustainable living are relevant everywhere. Initial programs include the planting of 1 billion oysters in New York City’s Harbor, 1 billion sea turtles in El Salvador and 1 million mangroves in Florida.

Fabien is planning a PLANT A FISH reception on Monday, June 7th in Washington, DC in celebration of his grandfather’s 100th birthday. I will be attending this special event. Please consider donating to this worthy cause.

Of note, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will be airing a special event beginning on June 11th called, Under the Sea: Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Jacques Cousteau’s birth The Cousteau birthday itself, June 11, includes a twenty-hour marathon of documentaries in which he participated. All are TCM premieres, including six episodes of The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau dating from 1968 to 1974, and twelve episodes of The Jacques Cousteau Odyssey, an Emmy-nominated 1977 television series featuring the research adventures of the man called “the public conscience of mankind’s stewardship of our oceans.” Also premiering is an award-winning documentary about Cousteau. Jacques Cousteau: The First 75 Years (1986), directed by John Soh and narrated by Jose Ferrer, documents the explorer’s life from birth and childhood to his 75th birthday.

Please join me in the celebration of the life of Jacques Cousteau and in supporting Fabien’s vision of PLANT A FISH.


Vincent Caprio
Chief Operating Officer
Water Innovations Alliance