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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

698

Taxa Routinely Analysed

6647274

Total Nautical Miles Towed

3230971

Taxonomic Abundance Entries

137166

Nautical Miles Towed in 2016

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

Attending #ICESASC17 Florida? Abstract submission deadline Theme Session C (@SAHFOS co-host) closes Sunday, submit:… https://t.co/qHCkSDetPv
27 Apr 16:30

Wasn't Sir Alister Hardy a great artist?! https://t.co/U2DSk6sqan
27 Apr 09:41

A few spaces have become available for our 4th International Phytoplankton workshop this July, email phytoplankton2… https://t.co/J9V6SnKjwk
26 Apr 15:01

.#PlyMSEF Public Spring Lecture, Prof David Sims (@TheSimsLab) 4th May. Free to attend with ticket registration:… https://t.co/U2mz8M4M5F
25 Apr 07:30

This week's #yearofplankton is Penilia avirostris, a marine water-flea - check out this great video clip taken by P… https://t.co/wpnEazbFvi
24 Apr 15:51

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