Nekton:

Protecting our oceans to protect the planet

Nekton works with ocean nations to accelerate 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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2020+

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

10 February 2021

Launch of Catch Our Drift, Nekton's brand new podcast for people who love the sea

Catch Our Drift, co hosted by Nekton's Oliver Steeds and Helen Scales, invites brilliant story tellers to help and inspire a wide audience with the beauty, value and peril of the ocean

03 February 2021

Former President of Seychelles Danny Faure and UN Ambassador Peter Thomson join Nekton briefing

The briefing, hosted by Nekton's Oliver Steeds, discussed the Blue Economy and the critical role that business and financial institutions can play in 2021, the Ocean Super Year

02 November 2020

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.

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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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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.

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Collaborating Partners:

Submersible Partners
Maritime Security Partner
Apparel Partner
Education Partner
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Founding Partners of Nekton