Ocean Census was founded in 2023 by The Nippon Foundation, the largest non-profit foundation in Japan, and Nekton, a UK marine research and conservation institute. A growing alliance of partners from the worlds of science, expeditions, media, and governments, alongside business and philanthropic funding, make Ocean Census a reality.
The Nippon Foundation, the largest non-profit foundation in Japan, was established in 1962 for the purpose of carrying out philanthropic activities in areas that extend from eradicating leprosy, providing free education, food security, and above all, issues that surround the marine environment and maritime safety.
Nekton is a UK, charitable, marine research and conservation institute. Nekton’s mission is to accelerate the scientific exploration and protection of the ocean through large-scale, expeditionary programmes and targeted initiatives – that combine science, story-telling and equity.