Alexandra Cousteau


Explorer, Storyteller, ocean advocate, mother


From a very early age, Alexandra has known and loved the ocean.

Her memories of exploring the ocean as a child are of much greater abundance of marine life and a fraction of the plastic littering beaches and the sea floor. Though she is disheartened by the degradation of the marine environment, Alexandra believes that we can aspire to leave our children an ocean abundant with life and reverse the flow of plastic away from the ocean. Her work primarily consists of public speaking, advising non-profits, government, and industry as well as collaborating with communities, the media and forward thinking brands.





campaigns to restore ocean abundance






Alexandra's advocacy for oceans started at the age of 8 when she gathered signatures for her grandfather's petition to save Antarctica.

Since then, she has always been involved in ocean conservation in some way, whether advocating for the expansion of marine protected areas, educating consumers 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.  Over the past few years, she's realized that conservation, the idea that we must protect what we have, is insufficient. Over 50% of blue natural capital in the oceans has been lost. 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.  

To this end, Alexandra has started the OCEANS 2050 initiative which is a global program of ocean afforestation - restoring lost coastal habitats by designing, seeding and managing marine forests that provide habitat for marine life, reverse acidification and hypoxia, enhance coastal climate resilience and sequester CO2. This restoration mission in turn supports tourism and fishing jobs, helps mitigate climate change, creates wealth and meaningful jobs and provides food security for the planet’s growing population. 

Alexandra has also been deeply involved in OCEANA's campaigns to curb overfishing in the countries that control about one third of the world’s wild fish catch in order to win policy victories that can increase biodiversity in our oceans and deliver more seafood to the future.  Alexandra works with Oceana to reduce overfishing by advocating for science-based catch limits, reducing harmful fishing subsidies and stopping illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. She joined forces with Oceana as a Senior Adviser in 2011 to help mobilize awareness and support for the organization's important work. She has joined Oceana expeditions, events and campaigns to help propel their important work to ever larger audiences and deeply believes in the mission and track record of the organization. 






Expeditions to explore and protect





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Alexandra has been going on expedition since she was an infant.

She traveled with her parents on location when they were filming for "Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau" from 1976 to 1979, and then intermittently joined her grandparents on the Calypso until the early 1990s. The experience of those expeditions with her father’s crew has shaped her sense of purpose, her connection to the ocean, and her love of adventure. For Alexandra, being with her crew on expedition is where she feels most alive and most at home. Building on the Cousteau legacy of exploration and “experiential storytelling,” Alexandra has led or participated in expeditions across 6 continents over the past 20 years to tell some of the most critical water stories of our time. 


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