Oceans, the global social network for scuba divers, today announces a key addition to its team by introducing aquanaut, filmmaker, TED speaker and environmental advocate Fabien Cousteau as a partner and advisor. As the first grandson of ocean exploration pioneer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Fabien spent his early years aboard his famous grandfather’s ship, the Calypso, and learnt how to scuba dive on his fourth birthday. Fabien champions the Cousteau legacy of exploration, and will work with Oceans in its efforts to increase awareness of the global ocean’s environment and habitats together with our users and ambassadors around the world.
Fabien Cousteau: “Oceans use of digital tools to gather crowd sourced data is a fantastic way to learn and increase awareness of the changes in the global ocean’s environment. I’m looking forward to joining this amazing community of ocean explorers and working together for a better understanding of the problems facing the underwater world we all love.”
With today’s launch of Oceans 2.0, introducing features to log environmental reports and observations, we are building a platform for citizen science, allowing our global user base to act as a crowd sourced team of field workers, collecting vast amounts of oceanic data — and enabling progressive visual projections on the health and state of marine habitats.
#DiveoftheYear, Oceans’ yearly grand prize award, will be presented by Fabien in early 2018. The winner is selected from the stunning imagery created by our users, highlighted every weekend in Oceans. Highlights and winners are published on Oceans’ social media currently reaching over 40,000 ocean champions (see Oceans on Instagram).
Jimmy Reuterwall, Co-founder and CEO: “We couldn’t imagine a better partner and ambassador to Oceans. Fabien’s amazing work for ocean conservation and his voice to increase awareness of marine environment aligns perfectly with Oceans’ efforts and mission to make the underwater world accessible to everyone.”
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