Changing Tides Media to document
Fabien Cousteau’s Historic Mission 31

May 5, 2014 (Carmel Valley, CA)
Media Contact:
Matthew Ferraro

No exploration team has ever spent 31 full days submerged underwater in the name of science and discovery, but a new ocean exploration endeavor named Mission 31 led by noted filmmaker and oceanographic explorer, Fabien Cousteau will launch June 1, 2014 to test new science and tech-based experiments.

Cousteau’s production company, Bonnet Rouge, has engaged Changing Tides Media (CTM) to support this effort and act as Mission 31 official documentarians. This role is not unusual for CTM. CTM’s founders, Matthew Ferraro, Brian Hall, and Carrie Vonderhaar have long been a part of the Cousteau team, documenting expeditions world wide from the high Arctic to the darkest reaches of the Amazon rainforest.

Cousteau announced the global Mission 31 endeavor on the anniversary of his grandfather's birthday (June 11). Aquarius, owned by NOAA and managed by Florida International University, will serve as Mission 31's base camp for Cousteau's team to explore climate, pollution and overconsumption problems. Located 63 feet under sea level in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (nine miles south of Key Largo), this "inner-space" station is the only undersea marine habitat and lab in the world and will be the longest mission Aquarius has hosted.

Cousteau's endeavor will break new ground in ocean exploration and also coincides with the 50th anniversary of a monumental legacy left by is grandfather Jacques-Yves Cousteau, credited with creating the first underwater habitats for humans and leading a team of ocean explorers on the first attempt to live and work underwater aboard Conshelf Two. The ambitious 30-day living experiment in the Red Sea succeeded as the first effort in saturation diving, proving that it could be done without suffering any ill effects. Mission 31 will expand the 50-year-old Cousteau legacy by one full day, 30 more feet of saturation and will broadcast every second on multiple channels exposing the world to the adventure, risk and mystique of what lies beneath.

"When my grandfather's Conshelf Two mission was complete he produced an Academy Award-winning documentary film (World Without Sun), but still received criticism rooted in disbelief of how he captured the mind-boggling underwater scenes," says Cousteau. "Using the latest camera technology, we will be able to show the world every second of Mission 31 in unedited, real-time and I believe it's going to shock people. We have explored less than five percent of our ocean realms; there's so much more to be discovered."

Saturation training for Mission 31 starts May 19 and Cousteau's team will submerge on June 1st. Each day of the mission can be seen by students worldwide via live Skype video calls into classrooms around the world. Cousteau's production team Bonnet Rouges and Changing Tides Media will be shooting footage for longer format documentary and archival purposes. Matthew Ferraro of Changing Tides Media will be saturating and joining Fabien inside Aquarius from June 16 through July 2.

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