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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

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Years Towing

118803

Nautical Miles Sampled in 2016

6647274

Total Nautical Miles Towed

3230971

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

This fish louse, a type of vampiric copepod, pierces the skin of its fishy host feeding on mucous and sucking its b… https://t.co/Fk0to5t8vO
22 May 12:00

There's still just enough time to apply for 4th International Phytoplankton workshop - LIMITED SPACE – email phytop… https://t.co/eNvJXtc6OM
19 May 11:30

Don't miss the @SAHFOS stand @PMF2017 for the 10th European Maritime Day (#EMD2017). Find us on the 1st floor.
18 May 07:00

‘Viral dark matter’ - Hidden world of giant viruses in seawater - new paper, lead auth @SAHFOS Dir @coccolithovirushttps://t.co/By5lptBsm1
17 May 07:30

Often cited as the inspiration behind the queen in Alien films, Phronima are fearsome predators of the plankton wor… https://t.co/msGwUAIjm9
15 May 12:00

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Year of plankton, week 19 - Caligus

16 May 2017 | 2

This fish louse, a type of vampiri...

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SAHFOS Marine Phytoplankton Taxonomy Workshop

26 Apr 2017 | 1500

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