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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

258305

Total Samples Analysed

86

Years Towing

3230971

Taxonomic Abundance Entries

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

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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

The UK takes centre stage in global marine protection @osparcomm https://t.co/o8x6nKFCOF pic.twitter.com/iI2C6IJkyi
27 Jun 15:00

RT @ClareOstle: Plankton, fish and dolphins!!!were out today to welcome the new plankton recorder @SAHFOS @mba_rv @thembauk https://t.co/8Y…
27 Jun 13:05

RT @ClareOstle: Different view of the office today as we trial the new model 'mini' CPR @SAHFOS @mba_rv @thembauk pic.twitter.com/mFRg9ryMKz
27 Jun 08:44

Male Sapphirina copepods shimmer in the light w/ flashes of blues, reds+violets earning them their common name Sea… https://t.co/nnEA7TzUuN
26 Jun 12:00

@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

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Year of plankton week 23 - Sapphirina

26 Jun 2017 | 2

Male Sapphirina copepods shimmer in the light w/ flashes of blues, reds+violets...

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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 their involve...

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

01 Jun 2017 | 210

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

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