‘First Descent: Indian Ocean’ is a series of missions undertaken by Nekton in partnership with Governments in the Indian Ocean region to catalyse 30% protection by 2030.

Each mission combines national commitments to ocean protection, marine spatial planning, applied research to inform ocean policy, investments in capacity development and inspirational communications to strengthen the public mandate for political action.

Ocean management and conservation commitments are already in place with Seychelles and the Maldives. With their vast ocean territories, this equates to an area of ocean equivalent in size to four times the entire United Kingdom or twice of Alaska being protected.


Seychelles 2019

Maldives 2020

TBD: 2021

Indian Ocean Summit: 2022

Each mission is a multi-year project combining scientific research, capacity development and ocean policy with public engagement activities to achieve maximum impact.

A major 7-week research expedition with cutting edge technology is at the heart of each mission around which all activities are anchored.

From Submersibles to Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs), from autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), to camera and senor systems, the expeditions are backed by 12 different world-leading subsea technology partners and deploy 21 different cutting-edge research and communications technologies to maximise productivity.

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.