Cousteau's Son Enlists Help of Divers to Monitor World's Oceans

Pierre-Yves Cousteau, right, with Dali Museum Director Hank Hine
Diver's chart to be used to monitor ocean health
ST. PETERSBURG (2011-11-16) -

The health of the world's oceans has been a concern since undersea pioneer Jacques Cousteau invented scuba gear in the 1940s. Today, Cousteau's youngest son enlisted the help of the nation's divers.

At first glance, the resemblance between Pierre-Yves Cousteau and his famous father is unmistakeable - he's got the same long, lean face and aquline nose - as well as a passion for preserving the health of the seas. Now, the younger Cousteau wants some help in monitoring what he says is sharp decline in the ecology of the deep.

"If we get people all over the world - divers reporting their observations of marine life - we can have a near real-time diagnostic," he says. "Near real-time monitoring of the health of the oceans worldwide. This would be extremely helpful, because then we could react to problems like an immune system, as soon as there's a problem somewhere."

Cousteau told an audience at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg that our survival as a species is intimately connected about preserving the numbers of fish and marine life that lie just below the surface.

"Often, we don't realize how our survival is connected to the health of the ocean," he says. "And how protecting the ocean is more than just sentimental charity or environmental arrogance. It's about survival. It's about our survival as a species on this planet - and further than that, our well being."

Cousteau says he's visiting Florida to scout locations for a headquarters for the Americas for Cousteau Divers.

To hear Cousteau's complete presentation at the Dali Museum, click on the "Listen to Full Audio" icon below.

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