- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 28, 2006

If anyone can grab the attention of a new generation of environmentalists, it’s Philippe Cousteau. Mr. Cousteau, 26, the grandson of legendary undersea explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, made an eloquent case for ocean conservation as he described the “horrifying” damage caused by shrimp trawlers at Slow Food USA’s Sustainable Seafood benefit at Agraria Monday night. “For every pound of shrimp they catch, there are 15 pounds of byproduct dumped overboard. … It’s like taking down an entire forest to get a single quail.”

Except, he noted, it takes place out on the ocean, where it’s “out of sight, out of mind.”

Mr. Cousteau, who runs the Washington-based nonprofit education and conservation group EarthEcho International with his sister, Alexandra Cousteau, is working to develop new and emerging media “with a pop sensibility” to captivate younger audiences with his conservation message.

Wal-Mart must be listening. The retail giant recently announced its commitment to sustainable seafood, an important step in the movement to ensure that overfishing does not deprive future generations of the shrimp, salmon, lobster and bass we all enjoy today.

“Who knows, Mr. Cousteau told the crowd, “Red Lobster may be next.”

Kevin Chaffee



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