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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

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Years Towing

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Total Samples Analysed

61747

Nautical Miles Sampled in 2016

64932

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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Recent News & Events

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Great video of a school of basking sharks off Scotland in a plankton feeding frenzy! Watch: https://t.co/2i0UZgos8g pic.twitter.com/TavbwrPiio
17 Aug 16:45

RT @skinnerjb: New paper from @SAHFOS #CPR #data and it's value in understanding commercial #fish stock variability https://t.co/6BofDVHQT4
17 Aug 14:07

CPR #data essential in understanding #herring #stock variability in #NorthPacific https://t.co/2P6K859won pic.twitter.com/xSYWJz6Uu4
17 Aug 07:30

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16 Aug 13:54

There's just 2 spaces left on our #fish #larvae #identification #workshop. Want one of them? Register here: https://t.co/NbHWfcP6Zz
16 Aug 07:30

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