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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

137166

Nautical Miles Towed in 2016

698

Taxa Routinely Analysed

258305

Total Samples Analysed

5050804

Total Nautical Miles Sampled

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

Beautiful morning to kick off @POGO_Ocean Annual Meeting @PlymouthMarine Listen out for #CPR talk by @SAHFOS Direct… https://t.co/Wla7IINowJ
24 Jan 08:56

These marine dinoflagellates (Noctiluca scintillans) bioluminesce when disturbed earning them their common name Sea… https://t.co/zb92LiN0gg
23 Jan 14:08

Tried + tested technology definitely essential to #CPRSurvey - longest running, most geographically extensive marin… https://t.co/8iIwUhJJQP
23 Jan 13:54

These marine dinoflagellates (Noctiluca scintillans) bioluminesce when disturbed earning them their common name Sea… https://t.co/0Nz74PeIG9
23 Jan 13:01

Can run off from deicing road salts push evolution in #freshwater #zooplankton? Article highlighting research here:… https://t.co/264Dq7ZGE6
22 Jan 10:30

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