Plant A Fish (PAF) is an active, hands-on outdoor education and restoration experience developed by Fabien Cousteau, third-generation ocean explorer, documentary filmmaker and environmental ambassador. With PAF program initiatives seeded in key locations around the world, the core mission focuses on using timeless, universal ecological principles applicable to all natural ecosystems in addition to location-specific subjects, and applying these principles to engage local communities toward stewardship and restoration efforts of their marine environment. The lessons participants learn about nature and sustainable living are relevant everywhere in the world. Our ultimate goal is to have PAF participants plant one billion "fish" worldwide
Oyster "C Garden" Program
The Hudson River used to be home to the largest oyster bay in the world. Over-harvesting and dredging over the centuries wiped out this essential species which serves as a natural filter, and as shelter and food for other sea creatures. Partnering with schools such as the NY Harbor School and the local community, Plant A Fish's oyster program will plant oysters to reestablish a healthy population in the area.
Turtle "C Garden" Program
The eastern Pacific hawksbill turtles are the most endangered population of sea turtles in the world. Hope was lost to save them until very recently, a small but viable population was found nesting in the mangroves of El Salvador. Working with the skills of the tortugeros (turtle egg hunters) and others, Plant A Fish will re-plant one billion sea turtles to ensure the restoration of this species and others.
Mangrove "C Garden" Program
Mangroves perform two vital roles. They serve as a nursery for a vast number of sea creatures such as goliath groupers, lobsters and flamingos. Mangroves also serve as a barrier against storm surges, erosion and hurricanes. Unfortunately, modern development is cutting down or bulldozing mangrove forests at alarming rates. Partnering with local communities and schools like South Plantation High, Plant A Fish aims to re-plant mangroves on shorelines that need it most.
Coral "C Garden" Program
Coral reefs are the tropical forests of the undersea world. Boat strikes, storms and especially coral bleaching are the main threats to our world's corals. Current estimates project a loss of up to 60% of worldwide corals in the next few decades. The Plant A fish coral program works with local schools, people and organizations to re-plant corals in several hot spots worldwide like the Maldives and the Florida Keys.