Mission II: The Indian Ocean 2018-2021 -


the least explored and most at risk of the world’s major oceans


ABOUT THE MISSION

Mission II: The Indian Ocean

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.

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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 catalyze 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 (Mauritius 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).

Objectives

Nekton Mission has chosen a holistic approach to accelerating sustainable ocean governance - combining scientific research, ocean policy, capacity development and public engagement initiatives to maximize and coordinate impact.

  • Scientific Research: Into the Bathyal Zone (200-3000m), the home of greatest biodiversity - to undertake collaborative, multi-disciplinary research on state of the Indian Ocean to help create a step change in our knowledge and understanding of marine life and human impacts.
  • Catalyze Policy: To generate and apply targeted, actionable open-access data to catalyze policy and accelerate the sustainable development and governance of the Indian Ocean.
  • Capacity Development: To develop greater expertise in marine science, conservation and ocean management across the Indian Ocean.
  • Public Engagement & Education: To promote the exploration of the deep ocean to inspire people with greater ocean awareness giving decision makers a greater public mandate to act.