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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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Taxa Routinely Analysed

55222

Nautical Miles Towed in 2016

6565330

Total Nautical Miles Towed

360489

Total Samples 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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Recent News & Events

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This #Maurolicus egg cropped up on a sample from @SAHFOS 'IB' route (Bay of Biscay north), only 11 in our records! pic.twitter.com/e6Vju00O15
25 Jul 07:00

Have you heard about this study from @AWI_de? In times of great famine, micro-algae digest themselves...https://t.co/qeCgyPySKd
20 Jul 10:01

Are you @EMBOVoM2016Liv? You must attend @SAHFOS Dir. @coccolithovirus talk, 'What did #algal #viruses do for us anyway/' #VoM16 #EMBOV
18 Jul 07:00

@GreenCrispy also try this paper, @SAHFOS data used by @PlymUni, first to show wide-spread #microplastics in #oceans https://t.co/eavRfNBy3v
15 Jul 10:26

@GreenCrispy, this is just 1 decade, from our Eco Status Report #NAtlantic #microplastics https://t.co/PmaF4lUx8Y pic.twitter.com/3bWuSolr63
15 Jul 10:21

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