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Welcome to SAHFOS

HOME OF THE CONTINUOUS PLANKTON RECORDER

The Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science (SAHFOS) is an international charity 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

257417

Total Samples Analysed

698

Taxa Routinely Analysed

85

Years Towing

3210565

Taxonomic Abundance Entries

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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Recent News & Events

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

.@SAHFOS Dave Wilson is making sure the M/S Norrona #Smyrilines is ready for her first CPR tow on the new DI route!… https://t.co/rbCgZprQzH
29 Nov 17:30

@anaturalstate close! Pterosperma moebii and Noctiluca scintillans, pretty amazing phytoplankton 😄
28 Nov 18:24

Hi @ChelseyABaker, thanks! They are Noctiluca scintillans, a dinoflagellate approx 0.4-0.8mm. You can just make out their feeding tentacle!
28 Nov 14:55

2/2 IPI is a Quality Assurance scheme that a number of @SAHFOS analysts participate in each year to keep our skills honed and current.
28 Nov 13:08

1/2 This week @SAHFOS Analyst Astrid Fischer's attending the International Phytoplankton Intercomparison (IPI) Work… https://t.co/0st2O2SMFX
28 Nov 13:07

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