Dive and Dine with Fabien Cousteau in Maldives

Tuesday, 10 August 2010 09:24

Soneva Fushi has partnered Fabien Cousteau to help highlight the plight of marine conservation concerns in the Maldives.

Fabien Cousteau, the 43 year old grandson of the legendary oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, will be staying at Six Senses’ flagship resort Soneva Fushi in October 2010 to help improve awareness of mankind’s overuse of marine resources and how we can treat our oceans more sustainably. Fabien will also be offering Soneva Fushi guests the exclusive opportunity to dive and dine with him and hear about his fascinating childhood growing up as a Cousteau.

“The overfishing of oceanic and reef species such as tuna, groupers and lobsters is becoming a concern in the Maldivian waters with the growth of the local tourism industry and increasing numbers of visitors and locals. Soneva Fushi has always been cautious not to feature any endangered species on its menus, closely monitors its fish consumption and thereby helps prevent negative impacts on nature’s assets. However, more awareness-raising and sustainable farming initiatives are key if the Maldivian sea life is to exist in its full glory in the future,” said Soneva Fushi’s resident marine biologist Anke Hofmeister.

In keeping with the legacy of his grandfather, Fabien is also an aquatic filmmaker and oceanographic explorer and runs a charity called Plant A Fish that engages local communities around the world toward stewardship and restoration efforts in their marine environment.

“The team at Plant A Fish is thrilled to collaborate on a sea life restoration partnership with Soneva Fushi by Six Senses, a resort renowned for its socially and environmentally conscious values and initiatives. This autumn, we’ll be investigating fundraising efforts that will help restore endemic marine populations to the Maldives, one of which we hope will include a large-scale lobster rehabilitation project,” said Cousteau.

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