As President JFK once said: “knowledge of the oceans is more than a matter of curiosity, our very survival may depend on it”. (1961)

Sylvia A. Earle, NOAA public domain license.

Blue Cradle was born in April 2020, during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown in New Zealand. It came from the idea that the ocean is not only bearing the brunt of the climate and biodiversity crises, but it is also a fundamental solution to our problems. Through research, education, and by communicating these solutions, we are participating in the scaling of the sustainable, regenerative blue economy. It is essential to seize this historic opportunity to invest in ocean science and research. Only then, can we truly secure a safe and healthy future for the next generations.

  • The Ocean regulates our weather and climate, and still holds many secrets, with 200,000 discovered, and more than one million unknown species yet to be discovered.
  • Humanity has a long-lasting history and tradition of oceanographic research. We believe the bulk of it is ahead of us, spanning decades into the future.
  • The Ocean is our future and our salvation. We aim to learn more about it and make this knowledge accessible.

"The Ocean is in our hands"

– James Nikitine, Founder, Blue Cradle

Our Mission

Plankton bloom around New Zealand. NASA Creative Commons no changes made.

One of our realizations is that in the South Pacific region, there aren’t any sustainable research vessels that provide ongoing ocean exploration, working understanding oceanic changes and marine biodiversity, or mapping and monitoring ecosystems.

While there are institutions in Australia and New Zealand (CSIRO, NIWA) with medium-sized or large R/V platforms, smaller platforms are unavailable, and therefore a gap needs to be filled to make research more accessible and open.

With three programmes, the Blue Cradle Foundations aims to address this gap:

  • A research programme, with coastal & offshore focus, aiming to address complex issues of ecosystem resilience, anthropogenic pressures, and marine biodiversity characterization.
  • An education programme, promoting ocean literacy across schools, Universities and the broader public.
  • A digital outreach programme, producing short and long form content for a wide range of audiences worldwide.

We believe Aotearoa New Zealand has a unique role to play. Blue Cradle’s aim will be to enable the country become a leader in international ocean research and marine conservation, and contributing to the UN Decade of Ocean Science.