NEKTON DEPLOYS THE LATEST SUBSEA TECHNOLOGIES TO EXPLORE THE DEEP OCEAN AND ACCELERATE ITS SUSTAINABLE GOVERNANCE

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Nekton: noun – zoology / aquatic animals able to swim against currents
Project Nekton:  the codename for the first descent to full ocean depth in 1960.

Nekton explores the depths of the ocean to reveal the unknown for the benefit of humankind

Our exploratory Missions are at the core of all our work.

Leading an Alliance of global partners, we undertake multidisciplinary scientific research of the state of the deep ocean, the planet’s most critical, yet least explored, ecosystem. Our discoveries inform global decision makers and ignite public interest to catalyse change.

Mission II: Indian Ocean 2018-2021

The Indian Ocean Mission is a major global scientific collaboration to create a step change in our knowledge of the Indian Ocean and catalyse its sustainable governance. The Mission includes six research expeditions across distinct bioregions of the Western, Central and Eastern Indian Ocean. The Mission combines scientific research, capacity development, ocean policy and public engagement to deliver the greatest coordinated impact. The Mission is endorsed by the 2nd International Indian Ocean Expedition (UNESCO-IOC) and will conclude with a State of the Indian Ocean Summit in November 2021.

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Mission I: XL Catlin Deep Ocean Survey 2016-2018

The XL Catlin Deep Ocean Survey is Nekton’s first multidisciplinary scientific research Mission to investigate the state of the deep ocean around Bermuda, Sargasso Sea and the NW Atlantic. 

The Mission aims to create, develop and field test a new standardised methodology for marine biologists around the world to assess the function, health and resilience of the deep ocean. Launch of scientific results: Ocean Risk Conference, Bermuda, May 2018.

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The Bathyal Zone: Home to the greatest biodiversity of ocean species

Nekton's research is focused from the surface into the Bathyal Zone that encompasses the area of the ocean between 200m to 3,000m (656 ft to 1.86 mi) deep. It is home to the greatest diversity of marine species found anywhere in the ocean, an estimated 300,000 to 10 million unique species. This layer of the ocean provides critical indicators of change. These factors enable scientists to measure and understand the effects of climate change, heat absorption, acidification, the ocean carbon cycle, the impacts of resource extraction (including fish, oil & gas and minerals), and the degree of plastic, agricultural and industrial pollution. Having overfished the majority of the surface waters, fishing continues deeper and deeper and we now have the industrial capacity to empty the Bathyal Zone before we discover what is there. We now face a 'Race for the Deep'.

Learn more about our research programme on the state of the deep ocean: The Bathyal Survey

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Mission I Impact

40 global partners, 40,000 specimens analysed, major scientific publications in process, global media reach of over 750 million and catalysed regional ocean policy.

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The Nekton Alliance

Collaboration is at the heart of Nekton’s operations. We partner with an Alliance of world leading organisations across marine science, ocean policy, business, media, education and civil society.

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Nekton Protocol

The Nekton Protocol is a new multidisciplinary standardised framework for marine research to accelerate comparative analysis of ocean data & catalyse ocean governance.

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360° VR Films

Fly up an underwater mountain in 360° with Nekton Mission

This 360º video was filmed as part of the first Nekton Mission to explore the deep ocean habitats around Bermuda and the Northwest Atlantic, delivering the XL Catlin Deep Ocean Survey.

Fly up an underwater mountain in 360° with Nekton Mission

This 360º video was filmed as part of the first Nekton Mission to explore the deep ocean habitats around Bermuda and the Northwest Atlantic, delivering the XL Catlin Deep Ocean Survey.

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