• video
    DATA / RESEARCH / POLICY MAKERS / SCIENTISTS
    Plankton Science for Our Future Oceans
    The Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science (SAHFOS) is an international charity operating the Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) Survey
  • Towing since 1931 and over 8 decades of analysis
    The CPR Survey has now towed over 6 ½ million nautical miles
    Responsible for the longest running, most geographically extensive marine biological survey in the world
    We analyse over 5,500 samples every year
    We count over 800 plankton taxa
    2016 saw almost 360 tows from all routes

Welcome to SAHFOS

HOME OF THE CONTINUOUS PLANKTON RECORDER

The Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science (SAHFOS) is an international non-profit organisation that operates the Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) Survey. The Foundation has been collecting data from the North Atlantic and the North Sea on biogeography and ecology of plankton since 1931. More recently, as the Foundation has become more involved in international projects, work has expanded to include other regions around the globe

86

Years Towing

6647274

Total Nautical Miles Towed

5050804

Total Nautical Miles Sampled

698

Taxa Routinely Analysed

Key Services

Marine biological datasets provide a wide range of environmental and climatic indicators to address marine environmental management issues such as Harmful Algal Blooms, pollution, climate change and fisheries

Research

At the base of the marine foodweb, the free floating plant life of the sea (phytoplankton) provide food for the animal plankton (zooplankton) which in turn provide food for many other marine organisms

Find Out More

Policy Makers

Policy drivers continue to influence research at SAHFOS and an important aim of the organisation is to use CPR data and the expertise of SAHFOS scientists to deliver evidence-based advice to policy makers and ecosystem managers

Find Out More

Data

SAHFOS is unique in having comparable data on the geographical distribution, seasonal cycles and year-to-year changes in abundance of plankton over a large spatial area

Find Out More

FIND OUT WHAT WE HAVE BEEN UP TO AND WHAT IS COMING UP

@wayneriekhof 2/2 wall allows light to flow into the organism with v little escaping (OK, prob not 100% :) ) Nice a… https://t.co/Q6R9wPfUFv
20 Jun 13:13

@wayneriekhof 1/2 Hi! These are among nature’s most effective solar powered organisms - the complex symmetrical arr… https://t.co/b8hLTMvwlU
20 Jun 13:12

Another successful CPR tow! Thanks Christian Escoto for the great photo + crew on board MV Benguela Stream for all… https://t.co/3PVWWLbHe0
20 Jun 07:30

The glass-like cell walls of algae like these Coscinodiscus turn the cell into a mini greenhouse, capturing 100% of… https://t.co/RrbH6iT4Dm
19 Jun 12:16

FlowCam Macro Integrated With SAHFOS CPR @SeaTechnology latest edition, feat. SAHFOS https://t.co/ikj6Arsg3q
16 Jun 07:30

READ ARTICLE

Year of plankton week 22 - Coscinodiscus

19 Jun 2017 | 12

Introducing one of natures most effective solar powered organisms...

READ ARTICLE

SAHFOS Climate Change Researchers Put New FlowCam Macro on Trial

17 Jun 2017 | 12

SAHFOS researchers are trialling the new FlowCam Macro as part of...

READ ARTICLE

New study highlights the importance of long-term ecological monitoring programs

01 Jun 2017 | 207

New study highlights the importance of long-term ecological monit...

Get the latest news straight to your mailbox!

SIGN UP TO OUR UPDATES