About the Mission

The Indian Ocean Mission is a major global scientific collaboration that aims to create a step-change in our knowledge of the Indian Ocean and catalyse its sustainable governance.

Mission II consists of six research cruises in six distinct bioregions of the Indian Ocean from West (Mozambique Channel and Seychelles), to Central (Chagos and Maldives) and East (Andaman and Sumatra). The Mission combines four major activities – scientific research, capacity development, advancement of policy, and public engagement - to deliver the greatest coordinated impact. The Mission will conclude with a State of the Indian Ocean Summit in November 2021.

The Mission has been endorsed by International Indian Ocean Expedition 2 (IIOE-2), part of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (UNESCO-IOC).

Launch Partner: Kensington Tours

Founded in 2008 by Jeff Willner, a member of The Explorers Club and Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, Kensington Tours creates custom-tailored privately guided travel experiences in the world’s greatest places – land or sea. Designed by skilled Destination Experts and fit to suit our travelers’ needs and interests, a Kensington tour is always a perfect fit. Kensington is proud to serve as a launch partner for Nekton’s upcoming missions into the Indian Ocean and to support Nekton’s endeavors to promote science, education, and understanding of the world’s hidden depths. ‪www.kensingtontours.com


  • Scientific Research: To create a step-change in our knowledge and understanding of the Indian Ocean with the first baseline of its deep-sea marine life and impacts of human activity.
  • Catalyse Policy: To enable the designation of newly protected areas of the Indian Ocean and improved Indian Ocean management. 
  • Capacity Development: To develop a legacy of expertise in marine science, conservation and ocean management across the Indian Ocean.
  • Public Engagement & Education: To inspire local and global audiences with greater ocean awareness and literacy giving decision-makers a greater public mandate to act.

Join the Mission

We are looking for new lndian Ocean and international scientific, philanthropic, corporate, media, technology and policy organisations to collaborate on the Mission. Learn more about the Nekton Alliance and please do contact us.