RESTORING OUR OCEANS IN ONE GENERATION
Alexandra's advocacy for oceans started at 8-years old when she gathered signatures for her grandfather's petition to save Antarctica. Since then, she has always been involved in ocean conservation—whether advocating for the expansion of marine protected areas, educating people about sustainable seafood, conducting deep-sea surveys, rescuing dolphins and manatees, or investigating the impacts of oil spills and agricultural runoff on sensitive coastal zones.
However, through her experiences she started to realize that conservation—the idea that we must protect what we have—was insufficient. If we want to leave a legacy for our children, we must do more than conserve. We must be strategic and relentless in our quest to restore ocean abundance.
Alexandra Cousteau is a Senior Advisor to Oceana. Oceana is an international advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the world’s oceans. Since 2014, Oceana has been working closely with national and local government agencies, civil society, fisherfolk, and other stakeholders to restore abundance of Philippine fisheries and marine resources.
Alexandra lends her environmental expertise and influence to help guide the organization’s global campaigns to protect and restore the oceans. Alexandra is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, filmmaker and globally recognized advocate on water issues who continues the work of her renowned grandfather Jacques-Yves Cousteau and her father Philippe Cousteau, Sr. Alexandra’s global initiatives seek to inspire and empower individuals to protect not only the ocean and its inhabitants, but also the human communities that rely on freshwater resources.