The ocean must thrive for the Earth to survive.

Our mission is to protect the ocean, for all our planet’s life and for ourselves - because our existence depends on the ocean’s health.

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Present Phase: Knowledge Exchange

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 is helping to create extensive new marine protected areas and ensure the ocean continues to protect and provide for the Maldivian people.

During field research the team discovered a new ecosystem, The Trapping Zone.

We are now in the Knowledge Exchange phase of the Maldives mission. Our Maldivian Knowledge Exchange scientists, Tonti and Iru, will be digging deeper into the world of zooplankton.

About the Mission

Latest News

08 July 2024

The European Coral Reef Symposium (2024) - A Q&A with Nina [Nekton's Research Assistant]

The European Coral Reef Symposium (ECRS) 2024 in Naples united experts to bridge knowledge gaps in coral reef science. Nekton's Nina de Villiers presented new fish distribution findings.

21 June 2024

Scientific Publication: A Guide to Identifying Underwater Life in Maldives

Understanding the benthic organisms that exist from shallow to deep, in the south to central Maldives.

08 May 2024

Stories, Poems & Music - From the Sea (from WORDTheatreUK, in support of Ocean Rising) [8/5/2024]

Performances of literary works from renowned authors will evoke the deep, vast, wild, unknowable majesty of our planet's seas.

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Missions: We work with ocean nations to undertake multi-year expeditions to establish marine protected areas. These ‘Missions’ combine marine research at sea, public and political engagement and knowledge exchange programmes that lead to policy implementation.

Initiatives: From international ocean policy interventions to innovating ocean story-telling, and from making private vessels available to science to combatting Parachute Science, we undertake innovative projects with targeted outcomes to meet the needs of our client, the ocean.

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

Collaborating Partners:

Government of Maldives
Commonwealth Blue Charter
Academic Partner
Maldives Marine Research Institute
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