The Arksen Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that provides project funding, facilitates cutting-edge scientific research and creates innovative media to inspire a greater understanding of the beauty, complexity and fragility of the ocean ecosystem and its interfaces with the land around it. 

We aim to be a platform for research, conservation and creativity in support of the identification of new species, preservation of existing species and stimulating behavioural change globally. The projects we support are in alignment with our cornerstones; research and science projects, education, exploration and sport with purpose. 


If you are fortunate enough to have access to one of our vessels, we think you have a responsibility to use it to help better protect and understand our oceans.

All Arksen owners join the Foundation and pledge to donate 10% of their vessels’ annual sea time to the projects that we collectively support; allowing scientists, explorers, thought leaders, filmmakers, journalists, photographers, artists and athletes access to a fleet of vessels from which to run their projects and realise their ideas. Our Arksen owner community is also actively encouraged to meaningfully engage with the projects we support.

1% for the Planet

As a sign of our commitment to the environment, we have joined a global network of businesses, non-profits and individuals working together for a healthy planet, committed to support approved environmental non-profit partners by donating the equivalent of 1% of sales through a combination of monetary, in-kind, and approved advertising contributions.

Adventure Scientists

Adventure Scientists utilises the skills of the outdoor adventure community to gather difficult-to-obtain data at any scale, in any environment.

Seabed 2030 Project

The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project brings together all available bathymetric data to produce the definitive map of the world ocean floor by 2030 and make it available to all.

Ocean Futures

Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society inspires and educates people to act responsibly to protect our oceans, documenting the critical connection between humanity and nature.

We are also working with the Environmental Science Department at Portsmouth University, the National Oceanography Centre at Southampton University and we are exploring collaborations with the European Space Agency (Copernicus project).