Protecting our oceans to protect the planet

First Descent is a series of missions led by Nekton in the Indian Ocean to catalyse 30% protection by 2030.

Follow us as our scientists descend into unseen waters in submersibles to discover new species and to explore the effects of biodiversity, climate change and plastics on our seas.

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23rd March 2020

The Midnight Zone

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic our expedition has been postponed ...

But we are still busy... Schools are out so we are bringing ocean exploration to your homes every day this week.

Tune in to Submarine Live with Encounter Edu and Inmarsat to learn all about the deep ocean while exploring the physics of submersible exploration and inspiring STEM careers.

Watch 5 lessons with submarine pilots, scientists, the mission director and team. All free with teacher/parent resources that can be downloaded (free).

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19 March 2020


The expedition was postponed in response to the global pandemic. All participants have returned home safe and well and are looking forward to resuming the mission when circumstances allow.

12 March 2020

Nekton First Descent Midnight Zone and Covid-19

We are taking the risk of COVID-19 very seriously and are monitoring global developments. We have reviewed the current risks and currently remain committed to the mission.

06 March 2020

First Descent Midnight Zone launch celebrated with The Commonwealth

Baroness Scotland and the High Commissioners of Seychelles and the Maldives attended a press briefing alongside Nekton at Marlborough House to mark the start of the Midnight Zone.

21 February 2020

Would you like to join us on a deep dive on our expedition?

You too could take part in a dive on our next expedition. Our partners Kensington Tours are auctioning this once in a lifetime experience. Find out more at www.kensingtontours/nekton

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Featured Video

05 March 2020

First Descent: Midnight Zone mission trailer

On March 16th the Nekton team are heading out to sea to begin our next expedition to explore undersea mountains in Seychelles and the Maldives.


For a resilient ocean and a resilient planet, scientific consensus is calling for enforced protected areas covering at least 30% of the ocean by 2030.

We undertake Missions in partnership with ocean nations to send scientists into the deep ocean to discover and protect what’s there. Deploying cutting edge subsea technologies, we gather critical data to define conservation and management priorities and the designation of Marine Protected Areas. Our Missions are undertaken in partnership with our unique alliance of business, government, academia, media and civil society partners uniting behind a common purpose to explore and protect the ocean.

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Strategic Partners:

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Subsea Technology Partner:
Caladan Oceanic
Waitt Institute
Blue Prosperity Coalition
Sat Comms Partner:
Subsea Comms Partner

Collaborating Partners:

Submersible Partners
Maritime Security Partner
Apparel Partner
Education Partner
Education Partner

Founding Partners of Nekton