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    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
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  • 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

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Taxa Routinely Analysed

258305

Total Samples Analysed

86

Years Towing

5050804

Total Nautical Miles Sampled

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

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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

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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

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

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Year of plankton week 51 - Temora stylifera

15 Dec 2017 | 1

Temora stylifera is a coastal copepod, easy to identify due to their long caudal rami (tail end) and somewhat coffin shaped body. By beating their antennae and maxillipeds, they propel the...

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SAHFOS contributes to international plastic awareness campaign

02 Nov 2017 | 55

The Ocean Plastic Lab exhibition, featuring SAHFOS and the CPR Survey is now touring the G7 countries, with the aim of increasing engagement on the issue of plastics in the world's oceans....

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SAHFOS awarded funding for innovative public engagement project

16 Oct 2017 | 84

Selected by NERC, the Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science (SAHFOS) has been chosen, as part of a new ‘BLUEPRINT' consortium, to build capacity in public engagement with environm...

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