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CURRENT MISSION: Maldives – Time for the Planet

The Nekton Maldives Mission is the first systematic discovery and documentation of ocean life in Maldives from the surface to 1000 metres.

In partnership with the Government of Maldives, the Mission will help create extensive new marine protected areas and ensure the ocean continues to protect and provide for the Maldivian people. Starts: September 4, 2022

About the Mission

Latest News

05 December 2022

Scientists call for urgent conservation of deep reefs, one of the planet’s largest and least protected ecosystems.

Nekton research confirms for the first time that deep reef habitats, notably in the Western Indian Ocean, are largely unprotected despite being under threat from a multitude of stressors.

23 November 2022

The transport and fate of Microplastics in the Antarctic

Nekton research reveals Antarctica to be sink for microplastic pollution and an airborne issue with synthetic fibres from textiles travelling by air from southern South America.

07 November 2022

Memo to COP27 from the Maldives. Subject: Act Now

The message we heard on our recent Nekton Maldives Mission was clear: Act Now - before it's too late.

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Maldives Mission: The Scientific Quest

'The ocean is a key part of each Maldivian. 71% rely on the ocean for their primary source of income. This Mission will help us establish the long-term sustainability of our economic growth, livelihoods and jobs through establishing marine protected areas to build ocean resilience' Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamid Solih.

The Mission’s research goals include:

  • Sea level rise: Impacts and adaptation
  • Coral and reefs – the canary in the climate mine: location and protection
  • Establishing the first ‘baseline health check’ on the status of Maldives ocean
  • Deep Reefs: the first discovery, survey and sampling of Maldives’ deep reefs (below 30metres)
  • Seamounts: The first scientific exploration of a seamount in the Northern Indian Ocean
  • Megafauna: The first documentation of the lives of megafauna in the depths of the Maldives

The Alliance

We work with an Alliance of dozens of partners - from science to civil society, from media to government, from business to philanthropy - who share our purpose to explore and protect the ocean, for people and the planet.

Our Maldives Mission Partners - led by Omega - are trailblazers in their field, bringing their skills and expertise to help lead our journey.

Omega has pledged to make time for the planet and has a long heritage of supporting ocean exploration. They have a long history of pushing at the boundaries of what is possible supporting space and ocean endeavours.

Kensington Tours has created award-winning private-guided trips for discerning travellers for over a decade. They are proud to support Nekton’s endeavours to promote science, education, and understanding of the world’s hidden depths.

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Strategic Partners:

Official Subsea Technology Partner
Offical News Agency Partner
Official Apparel Partner
Official ROV Partner
Official Tourism Partner
Research and Technology Partner
Ocean Conservation Exploration & Expedition Partner

Collaborating Partners:

Government of Maldives
Commonwealth Blue Charter
Academic Partner
Maldives Marine Research Institute
Subsea Imaging Partner
Subsea Technology Partner
Submersible Partner
Submersible Partners
Maritime Security Partner
Education Partner
Education Partner
Great Campaign & UK Governmant & FCDO
Expedition Logistics
Institutional Partner
Alfametal: Specialist Engineering
IUCN Maldives
Noo Raajje
blue marine foundation
Small Island Research Group
Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme
Maldives Coral Institute
Manta Air
International Pole & Line Foundation
Maldives Resilient Reefs

Founding Partners of Nekton