Nekton:

Protecting our oceans to protect the planet

Nekton works with ocean nations to acclerate the scientific exploration and protection of the ocean.

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

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First Descent: Midnight Zone

In partnership with the Governments of Seychelles and the Maldives, First Descent: Midnight Zone aims to boost the sustainable governance of their waters, including supporting the protection of 629,000 km2 of ocean.

The Mission is focussed on a series of undersea mountains or ‘seamounts’ in the Midnight Zone - depths from 1,000 to 4,000 metres, where biodiversity peaks.

The Mission deploys the world’s most advanced deep diving submersible, equipped with a suite of research tools including sensor and mapping technology.

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Latest News

12 May 2020

Nekton wins Ocean Award for Public Awareness at 2020 Ocean Awards

We are honoured to receive the Ocean Award for Public Awareness at the 2020 Ocean Awards held by Boat International and Blue Marine Foundation.

16 April 2020

Seychelles Designates 30% of its EEZ as Marine Protected Area

The President of Seychelles, Danny Faure, announced the achievement of a milestone for Seychelles: the designation of one third of Seychelles' ocean territory as a Marine Protected Area.

19 March 2020

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.

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05 March 2020

First Descent: Midnight Zone

The Midnight Zone holds critical indicators to measure the impact of the climate crisis, fisheries management, heat absorption, acidification, ocean carbon cycle, and plastic, agricultural and industrial pollution. Damage or overexploitation of seamounts in the Midnight Zone can have widespread consequences on ocean health, food security, and affect other benefits the ocean provides for humans, such as potential new medicines.

STRATEGIC FOCUS AREAS

WE CAN'T 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.

APPLIED RESEARCH - OCEAN POLICY - KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE - PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT.

We work with and on behalf of ocean nations who are committed to improving the prosperity, resilience and sustainable governance of their ocean. Each Mission is co-developed and co-delivered with Government, academic, civil society and media partners of each host nation. Each Mission – supported by a unique Alliance of international partners - combines deep ocean scientific missions with state of the art subsea technology, applied research, knowledge exchange, ocean policy initiatives and inspirational public engagement activities to achieve maximum impact. All data and biological specimens are owned and vested by the host nation.

Mission Partners

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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
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Founding Partners of Nekton