Protecting our oceans to protect the planet
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.
Sign up to discover the main findings from First Descent at the Seychelles Ocean Science Symposium
Join Nekton, MEECC and SeyCCAT from 9th to 12th November to celebrate and learn more about marine based research in Seychelles and what was discovered on our First Descent expedition.
Nekton invited to become a Nominator for The Earthshot Prize as the search for the first winners begins
The Earthshot Prize is the most prestigious global environment prize in history, aiming to find new solutions to the world’s biggest environmental problems.
Omega Seamaster Diver 300m Nekton Release
We are delighted to share the release of the OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M Nekton Edition: a dive watch on a mission to save the seas.
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.
Our 2 mission partners are both trailblazers in their field and dedicated to the cause of ocean exploration and conservation.
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 travelers for over a decade. They are proud to support Nekton’s endeavours to promote science, education, and understanding of the world’s hidden depths.