EXPLORE | UNDERSTAND | PROTECT
The ocean is within all of us and an essential part of our existence. It is incumbent upon us all to be guardians of our oceans and the life within them if we are to ensure their survival, and ours.
Planet Deep conducts scientific marine expeditions in remote regions, which have critical habitats & conservation needs, creating a valuable contribution to the conservation efforts in the Coral Triangle, financially, educationally and gathering much-needed data.
We have a bilateral approach. We conduct scientific expeditions combined with innovative, sustainable, special interest tourism, creating a unique and educational ocean exploration experience for guests, whilst gathering critical data; as well as those which are exclusively science focused, on special conservation projects such as marine debris and film/documentary making.
Planet Deep, because there is no Plan(et) B.
We strive to create wilderness refugia, by facilitating and supporting the creation of marine protected areas for biodiversity, rather than for sustainable fisheries or tourism.
Planet Deep’s mission to explore, understand and protect, cannot be achieved without interconnectivity being at the core of all we do.
Our curiosity must be insatiable: relentless exploration in pursuit of understanding and ultimately, protection.
Planet Deep’s geographical focal area is the Coral Triangle (CT). The CT is the global centre for marine biodiversity and is an ecosystem that covers 5.7 million square km2.
Our focus is the nearshore but deep-sea habitats. The Coral Triangle hosts some of the deepest water on the planet: ‘Planet Deep’ has by far the most extreme habitat diversity, yet near shore proximity.
Current and Emerging Threats
There are many current and emerging threats to deep-water habitats and species throughout the waters of the Coral Triangle, and there is a pressing need for improvements to their management and conservation.
A trip to the Banda Sea in 2016, on what was essentially the inaugural ‘Banda Blues & Hammers’ expedition, brought the team together in fortuitous circumstances; all of us already with at least one person in common, but not interconnected, yet.
The inspiration for the Planet Deep logo comes from a very powerful cultural symbol from the Massim region of Papua New Guinea, in our focal Coral Triangle area.