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 only 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 (“OLC”) to fulfill his dream of creating a vehicle to make a positive change in the world. Currently he is working on multiple projects and dedicates much of his time to the exciting programs and initiatives of the OLC.