Nekton brings together an alliance of some of the world’s leading marine science, funding, technology, conservation, education and media organisations. Alliance members work together to provide and aggregate resources to deliver deep ocean exploration, scientific research, global media and educational content.

XL Catlin

XL Catlin, the sponsor of the XL Catlin Deep Ocean Survey, is the global brand used by XL Group plc’s (NYSE:XL) insurance and reinsurance companies which provide property, casualty, professional and specialty products to industrial, commercial and professional firms, insurance companies and other enterprises throughout the world.

The XL Catlin Deep Ocean Survey is a multidisciplinary scientific research program to measure the health and resilience of the deep ocean, providing the scientific data required to make reliable conclusions about the impact of climate and other environmental changes to our oceans and the rest of our planet. XL Catlin believes that the insurance industry must take a leading role in improving understanding of potential changes to the environment. XL Catlin's contribution is to sponsor independent, impartial research that is freely distributed to the world's scientific community. The Deep Ocean Survey is XL Catlin’s third major ocean science program. It follows the Arctic Survey (2009–2011) that investigated the impact of changes to the Arctic Ocean; and the Seaview Survey (2012-2016) which created the world’s first digital baseline of coral reef health. 

Garfield Weston 

Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded, grant-making trust and still run by the Weston family. Since it was established in 1958 the Foundation has given over £900 million to charities across the UK. From small community groups to large national institutions, the Foundation supports a broad range of organisations and activities that make a positive impact in the communities in which they work. Over 1,800 charities across the UK benefit from the Foundation’s grants each year.


With more than 350 years of collective experience, the team at Triton are one of the most knowledgeable civil submersible experts on the planet. Their submersibles are designed, tested and certified to the most rigorous safety standards and provide an excellent platform for science, archaeology, exploration and filming.  Triton Submarines LLC is based in Vero Beach, Florida, USA.                                                                             

Google Expeditions

With Google Expeditions, students can take field trips right from their classroom. Expeditions allows a teacher acting as a “guide” to lead classroom-sized groups of “explorers” through collections of 360° and 3D images while pointing out interesting sights along the way.    


Project Baseline

Project Baseline was launched in 2009 by Global Underwater Explorers (GUE), a non-profit organization dedicated to the exploration and conservation of the underwater world. Project Baseline establishes baselines of environmental conditions by inviting divers and water lovers alike to systematically document marine and freshwater environments. Global Sub Dive (GSD), a company started in 2013, supports and promotes Project Baseline by maintaining a state-of-the art underwater exploration and research platform aboard a sea going vessel. The ship, Baseline Explorer, serves as a mobile diving platform for the scuba diving team and the two submersibles being deployed as part of the Nekton Mission.                                                                             

Fisheries and Oceans, Canada

Fisheries and Oceans, Canada (DFO), a department of the Government of Canada, has the lead federal role in managing Canada's fisheries and safeguarding its waters.  The Canadian Coast Guard is a Special Operating Agency within the DFO and is responsible for programs and services that contribute to the safety, security and accessibility of Canada's waterways. 

Digital Explorer

Digital Explorer is an award-winning education social enterprise based in London. A pioneer in the development of innovative real-world learning programmes, Digital Explorer supports teachers and students internationally to understand and engage with critical global issues from the oceans to cultural understanding. Their unique projects utilise the latest communication technologies to bring the world to the classroom. Digital Explorer is working with Nekton to create a Submarine STEM education programme that will provide young people with the opportunity to engage with, be inspired by and learn from the Deep Ocean Survey. Educational resources and materials that promote STEM careers will focus not only on the science but also on the diverse individuals who make up the expedition team. 


Created in 1948, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is now the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network, harnessing the knowledge, resources and reach of more than 1,300 member organisations and some 16,000 experts. It is a leading provider of conservation data, assessments and analysis. Its broad membership enables IUCN to fill the role of incubator and trusted repository of the best practices, tools and international standards. Working with many partners and supporters, IUCN implements a large and diverse portfolio of conservation projects worldwide. Combining the latest science with the traditional knowledge of local communities, these projects work to reverse habitat loss, restore ecosystems and improve people’s well-being.

Global Ocean Trust

The Global Ocean Trust aims is to bring new technologies, partnerships and sources of finance to address key marine conservation challenges. A global network of experts, set up by Torsten Thiele, Global Ocean Trust engages a broad range of public and private partners in delivering better ocean governance. By promoting ocean optimism, designing innovative solutions and developing blue finance options, we aim to encourage influencers and stakeholders to engage productively with the ocean and to embrace the opportunities that are available to help our blue planet to sustain all life.


Teledyne Marine is a group of 23 leading-edge undersea technology product brands that have been assembled by Teledyne Technologies Inc. Teledyne Marine’s core technologies are organised into five key segments: Instruments, Imaging, Interconnect, Seismic and Vehicles, and serve a wide array of commercial, academic, and defense applications. Teledyne Bowtech specialises in the design and manufacture of highly innovative underwater vision systems, including colour and monochrome cameras, LED lights, strobes, and accessories. The Surveyor-HD-Pro camera, being used on the mission, is built upon the latest technology incorporating high definition and 30:1 colour zoom capabilities and housed inside a water corrected fused Quartz hemisphere window and 4000m rated titanium housing.  


Since 1999, the company has been committed to providing its customers with innovative products, superior network coverage and the best customer service island wide. CellOne offers a variety of voice, text and data plans, alongside Bermuda’s widest range of smartphones and tablets. In 2011 the company launched its 4G HSPA+ 21 MB/s network. More recently, CellOne launched the Island’s first 4G LTE network and remains the largest and fastest wireless network in Bermuda.