Fabian Cousteau to speak at Auburn University as part of ‘BLUE on Tour’ conservation festival

AUBURN – Fabien Cousteau, the grandson of the late ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, will return to Auburn University on Saturday, March 5, to present the keynote address on restoration efforts along the Gulf coast and his new restoration non-profit organization, “Plant A Fish,” as part of the premiere of BLUE on Tour March 3-5.

Cousteau’s address will take place from 5:30 to 6 p.m. in the Sciences Center Auditorium, located at 315 Roosevelt Concourse, followed by a screening of the film, “America’s Underwater Treasures.” There will be a 30-minute question and answer session with Cousteau after the film at 7 p.m.

BLUE on Tour is BLUE Ocean Film Festival’s traveling film event, which brings world-class ocean and conservation films and speakers to locations around the world with the goal of spreading education and raising awareness on the condition of our oceans.

This is the first year for BLUE on Tour, with locations in places like Australia and Mexico planned for the coming months. The three-day Auburn event will feature notable speakers and master classes, as well as film screenings and children’s activities. Speakers will include internationally acclaimed tourism and marine life photographer, Michele Westmorland; director and documentary filmmaker, Peter Brown; cultural anthropologist, artist and environmental activist, Shannon Dosemagen; and founder and executive director of the BLUE Ocean Film Festival, Debbie Kinder.

To see a complete schedule of BLUE on Tour events at Auburn, go to http://cla-web.auburn.edu/cla/index.cfm/community-and-civic-engagement/bot-calendar/. All events are free to the public.

BLUE on Tour’s parent event, BLUE Ocean Film Festival, debuted in 2009 as an international film festival and conservation summit that continues to bring together leaders in underwater filmmaking with world-class researchers and conservationists. The next BLUE Ocean Film Festival will be held in Monterey, California in 2012.

Contact: Vicky Santos, (334) 844-7186 (santovr@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)