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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

3230971

Taxonomic Abundance Entries

5050804

Total Nautical Miles Sampled

86

Years Towing

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

@NERCscience awards funding to @SAHFOS + consortium for innovative public engagement project #NERCBlueprinthttps://t.co/LC9QrOm0ZM
16 Oct 14:26

Siphonophore colonies consist of individual organisms but each are so highly specialised they can’t survive indepen… https://t.co/Ajzmk1yfLn
16 Oct 12:00

Evadne (water fleas) can switch their reproductive strategies between sexual + asexual phases depending on env. con… https://t.co/utde6EHi44
9 Oct 12:09

RT @RaeGMiller: A navy of volunteers helps @SAHFOS achieve amazing and relevant plankton science worldwide. Lance Gregory at #mastsASM http…
4 Oct 11:12

How's this for a Special Session line-up @mastscot ASM in #Glasgow this morning?! 'Maximising capabilties of volunt… https://t.co/DHlyMu5Rga
4 Oct 07:30

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SAHFOS awarded funding for innovative public engagement project

16 Oct 2017 | 59

Selected by NERC, the Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science (SA...

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Year of plankton week 39 - Siphonophore

16 Oct 2017 | 12

Siphonophores are amazing! Belonging to the same group as jellyfish they...

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Director vacancy at the Marine Biological Association

29 Sep 2017 | 27

Director of the Marine Biological Association vacancy, based in Plymouth...

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