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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Latest Mission

Begins in March 2020

The Midnight Zone

We will be carrying out pioneering research on unexplored seamounts in the Midnight Zone - from 1000 metres to 3000 metres below the sea’s surface - to support the protection of over 600,000 km2 of ocean across Seychelles and The Maldives.

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19 February 2020

Seychelles and Maldives announce expedition to explore Indian Ocean.

The Governments of Seychelles and the Maldives announce a joint marine research expedition to explore and conserve the Indian Ocean.

21 October 2019

Nekton Lecture At The RGS

Speakers at the event included Dr. Lucy Woodall - Principal scientist of Nekton, Sheena Talma - Seychellois Marine Biologist and Oliver Steeds - Mission directo

20 October 2019

President Danny Faure of Seychelles visit to Nekton HQ

President Danny Faure was shown around Nekton HQ and was shown the most recent data analysis from our Seychelles expedition.

14 October 2019

New scientists in the Nekton Lab

Sara Winter is working as an intern in our Oxford lab. She recently finished her masters in marine biology at James Cook University after studying at Zurich University.

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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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Caladan Oceanic
Waitt Institute
Blue Prosperity Coalition
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Collaborating Partners:

Submersible Partners
Maritime Security Partner
Apparel Partner
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Founding Partners of Nekton