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.
The Midnight Zone
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic our expedition has been postponed ...
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NEKTON FIRST DESCENT MIDNIGHT ZONE HAS BEEN POSTPONED
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.
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.
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.
Would you like to join us on a deep dive on our expedition?
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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.
WE CANT PROTECT WHAT WE DON'T KNOW
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.