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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
  • 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

258305

Total Samples Analysed

698

Taxa Routinely Analysed

6647274

Total Nautical Miles Towed

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

Speedy eaters: Centropages typicus can capture large dinoflagellates within 14 milliseconds after first detecting t… https://t.co/WgT7zDtJoo
24 Jul 12:01

Congratulations to @SAHFOS Claire and Usha who are now fully fledged in CPR silk preparation! #internaltraining pic.twitter.com/WMYmWBLBso
21 Jul 16:30

Shape + size of the last pair of swimming legs (called p5’s) in male copepods offer helpful clues in species identi… https://t.co/e6ypjBeBiV
17 Jul 12:01

RT @skinnerjb: Kicking off this afternoon's #phyto2017 session is @SAHFOS director Prof Willie Wilson talking about cryogenic procedures, b…
10 Jul 14:47

The 1st record of foraminifera was in 5th century BC when they were spotted in the limestone blocks of the pyramids… https://t.co/OR5WpMr7nh
10 Jul 12:23

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SAHFOS 2016 Annual Report out now!

24 Jul 2017 | 6

Learn more about the wide-ranging impacts and activities completed by SAHFOS in 2016. Our latest Annual Report is...

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Year of plankton week 27 - Centropages typicus

24 Jul 2017 | 7

Speedy eaters: Centropages typicus can capture large dinoflagellates within 14 milliseconds after first detecting...

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SAHFOS Climate Change Researchers Put New FlowCam Macro on Trial

17 Jun 2017 | 42

SAHFOS researchers are trialling the new FlowCam Macro as part of their involvement with the EU project AtlantOs....

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