WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Oceana announces that Alexandra Cousteau, granddaughter of ocean explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, has become a senior advisor to the organization.
Alexandra is a distinguished international ocean advocate. As senior advisor she will lend her environmental expertise and influence to help guide the organization's global campaigns to protect and restore the oceans.
"I admire Oceana's effectiveness," said Alexandra. "In order to protect our oceans we need action that produces tangible results and that's what Oceana does. I've traveled the globe exploring our oceans and I've learned from the world's best, so I know what's at stake. I trust in Oceana's ability to protect the oceans and I'm thrilled to do my part to help it keep winning."
Besides lending her expertise to Oceana, Alexandra is a National Geographic Explorer, founder of Blue Legacy International, and brand ambassador for Oceana expedition partner Revo Sunglasses.
"Alexandra comes from a family of ocean heroes; it's in her blood. I can't think of a better person to join Oceana as we tackle our second decade of ocean conservation," said Oceana CEO Andy Sharpless. "She's been at this since her first ocean expedition when she was four months old, so she has a level of experience and credibility that is extremely unique. We're immensely fortunate to have her on our team."
Enhancing her family's legacy, Alexandra has become an established and well-respected voice in the ocean conservation community. She was honored as National Geographic "Emerging Explorer" in 2008 and a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum. She served as a Global Water Advisor for the Live Earth 2010 Run for Water and in 2009 joined Discovery Channel to co-host "Blue August."
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Oceana is the largest international advocacy group working solely to protect the world's oceans. Oceana wins policy victories for the oceans using science-based campaigns. Since 2001, we have protected over 1.2 million square miles of ocean and innumerable sea turtles, sharks, dolphins and other sea creatures. More than 500,000 supporters have already joined Oceana. Global in scope, Oceana has offices in North, South and Central America and Europe. To learn more, please visit http://www.oceana.org.