Defying Ocean's End Offers Global Perspective on Eve of Pew Report

Los Cabos, Mexico - For the first time ever, the world's largest environmental organizations, working with scientists, the business community and international governments, met specifically to develop a comprehensive and achievable agenda to reverse the decline in health of the world's ocean.

The five-day Defying Ocean's End (DOE) conference marked the launch of a new, science-based international effort to restore and maintain the health of marine systems. The gathering resulted in several preliminary recommendations:


Jean-Michel Cousteau, on behalf of the entire Ocean Futures Society family, applauded the life and work of Frank Scalli upon learning of his recent death at the age of 73.

“Frank was a close personal friend and we are all saddened to hear of his passing,” Cousteau said. “However, his influence and legendary work on behalf of the dive industry will live on forever.”

Cousteau recalled that he and Scalli were both inducted in the DEMA Hall of Fame.


Produced and directed by the Mantello Brothers and presented by Jean-Michel Cousteau, the film will have its world premiere at the New England Aquarium’s Simons IMAX® Theatre in Boston on February 13th


NEW YORK, February 25, 2004 --- In a high-profile preview of its late 2004 opening, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman today introduced a group of internationally renowned brand leaders that, together, will produce an array of facilities, activities and amenities that promise to redefine residential and resort lifestyle in the Caribbean.


FT. LAUDERDALE, FL., July 15, 2005 – Advocating for responsible ecological practices – and taking a stand against the wanton capture and use of marine mammals for the amusement of travelers – Radisson Seven Seas Cruises® announced it will no longer offer dolphin encounter programs in any of its ports of call.


SANTA BARBARA, CA.: In 1964, movie posters for Jacques Cousteau’s bold underwater film, World Without Sun, urged filmgoers to come see "Earth’s first 'Oceanauts.'"

Now, nearly 40 years later, a new generation of "oceanauts" led by Jean-Michel Cousteau will embark on an extraordinary documentary filmmaking expedition of adventure and discovery to the most remote islands on the planet in " Voyage to Kure."


A work of art and inspiration, celebrating water and its importance to each of us, everywhere with an introduction by Jean-Michel Cousteau, Ocean Futures Society.


SANTA BARBARA, CA.: The blockbuster animated film, Finding Nemo, has given millions of people a personal connection to coral reefs that fosters hope for a new generation to become better stewards for our ocean environment, according to Jean-Michel Cousteau.

"We applaud Disney/Pixar for popularizing coral reefs, because Nemo’s home and neighbors are in desperate need of help," he said. "Reefs around the world are suffering from human impact, and the more people, especially young people, who know it sooner can take action to turn things around."


SANTA BARBARA, CA.: Famed ocean explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau called the newly-released report by the Pew Oceans Commission Wednesday an important study that is "critical to the national and natural security interests" of the United States and the world's ocean.


SANTA BARBARA, CA: A new, short film which poignantly documents the vast environmental and human devastation caused by the Prestige oil spill off the coast of Spain and France is available for global distribution to the media, governments, interested organizations, educational institutions and industries.

" Nunca Mais," a six-minute film produced by Jean-Michel Cousteau and Ocean Futures Society, vividly captures the enormous toll taken by the "Black Tide" on European coastal habitats, marine species, migrating birds, and the social and economic fabric of generations of local cultures.