"How the Indian Ocean changes in the coming years will profoundly affect the lives, livelihoods and wellbeing of 2.7billion of us living in the region. Nekton's work in the Indian Ocean is galvanising action to ensure we restore the health and prosperity of our ocean and our blue economies". H.E. Danny Faure, President of Seychelles

The Indian Ocean is currently the least scientifically known and least protected ocean on Earth. It is warming three times faster than the Pacific Ocean and as coastal states continue to grow, it is increasingly threatened by worsening pollution, rapid coastal development and unsustainable exploitation of marine life.

With an average age of under 30, by 2050, ‘the Ocean of the Future’ will be home to half of the world’s population.

First Descent is a series of expeditions to explore, protect and restore it's health for the benefit of the planet, the climate and the people who rely on it for their lives, jobs and food security.

Each Mission combines commitments to ocean protection, research to inform ocean policy, knowledge exchange and inspirational communications to strengthen the public mandate for political action.


▪ 2018-2020: Comores (Pathfinder)

▪ 2018-2021: Seychelles (Field Operations: 2019)

▪ 2019-2023: Maldives (Field Operations 2022)

▪ 2021-2023: High Seas (Field Operations 2022)

▪ October 2023: Western Indian Ocean Summit


First Descent: Indian Ocean concludes in 2023 with an Indian Ocean Summit. Coordinated by Nekton, convened by the Government of Seychelles and UN’s Nairobi Convention, the Summit is chaired by Danny Faure, Former President of Seychelles and the, African Union Champion for the Economy.. The goal of the Summit is to ratify a new regional governance, financial and scientific framework including at least 30% regional ocean protection. It is ambitious. It would be the first of its kind globally.