Fabien Cousteau


Growing up on the decks of his grandfather’s ships, Calypso and Alcyone, Fabien Cousteau was destined to work to protect our planet’s immense and endangered marine habitats. Fabien champions the family legacy as third generation ocean explorer and filmmaker.


From his vast experience in the field, coupled with a degree in environmental economics from Boston University, he has refined a public policy platform grounded by his strong belief that environmental discipline can be the basis for innovative solutions that strike a balance between regional and global environmental problems and the realities of market economies.

He is well known for his study of sharks and from 2000-2002, Fabien was an Explorer-at-Large for National Geographic and collaborated on a TV special aimed at changing public perceptions about sharks called, “Attack of the Mystery Shark.” Then in 2003-2006, he 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 these mysterious and often misunderstood creatures.

For the next four years (2006-2010), Fabien was part of a multi-hour series for PBS called, “Ocean Adventures” with his father, Jean-Michel Cousteau and sister, Céline. Inspired by his grandfather’s famous 1978 PBS series, “Ocean Adventures.”

In more recent years, and as a member of multiple cause-driven and charitable boards Fabien has been working with local communities and children worldwide to help restore local water ecosystems. In 2014 Fabien completed a monumental project called Mission 31 where he and his team lived and worked underwater for 31 days, based out of the world’s last remaining undersea marine laboratory. Collecting over 3 years worth of scientific research and having a press reach of more than 21 billion, the ocean had not received that much attention since his grandfather, Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s Conshelf Two expedition. Early in 2016 he founded the Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center (“FCOLC”) to fulfill his dream of creating a vehicle to make a positive change in the world.

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Fabien is Chairman of the Board for Proteus Ocean Group (POG), an Explorers Club Member and a WWF Ocean Witness. He is also a Board Member of River Keepers and the Sea Keepers Science Council and has been recently named Honorary Advisor to the NGO Committee Sustainable Development-NY.

He has received several awards including: the United Nations NEXUS Global Goals Award for Excellence and Leadership, David Attenborough Excellence in Filmmaking Award, Golden Eagle Award, Beneath The Sea Diver of The Year, World Team “Pioneer For The Planet” Award, Peter Benchley Lifetime Award and is the ISS (International Super Yatch Society) Awards Judge and creator of the ISS Fabien Cousteau BLUE Award.

Currently he is working on multiple projects and dedicates much of his time to Proteus™, the International Space Station of the Ocean and the initiatives of the FCOLC.

Fabien Cousteau




Non-Profits & Humanitarianism


Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center

National Geographic

Boston University