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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

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Taxonomic Abundance Entries

5050804

Total Nautical Miles Sampled

86

Years Towing

698

Taxa Routinely 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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FIND OUT WHAT WE HAVE BEEN UP TO AND WHAT IS COMING UP

Similar to fireflies, the copepod Metrida longa bioluminesces, lighting up the sea up to depths of 1000m… https://t.co/rtz2unXhny
25 Sep 12:01

Did you know the #CPRSurvey records more than just plankton? Come and find out about our instrumentation programme… https://t.co/oXhwoLyWVn
21 Sep 17:00

Today’s the final day of the #ICESASC17 – what a great few days! Last chance to visit our stand and chat all things… https://t.co/ACRBh0J5k7
21 Sep 12:00

6pm @NMAPlymouth @SAHFOS Trustee @pauljbh (Prof Paul Hart) gives Buckland Lecture, on fishers &… https://t.co/4235TlGVEN
20 Sep 16:09

Coming to tonight’s poster session #ICESASC17? Find out about SAHFOS research into poss. influence of man-made stru… https://t.co/eBAZRL2ZNm
20 Sep 16:00

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Year of plankton - week 36 Metridia longa

25 Sep 2017 | 4

This weeks' plankton of the week critter is Metridia longa, a beacon of light in the pelagic environment...

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SAHFOS ‘ocean indicator’ amongst plastic pollution monitoring tools for Round Britain eXXpedition crew

09 Aug 2017 | 130

A re-modelled indicator originally used by Sir Alister Hardy to collect plankton is to be used by the al...

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Funding for first system to monitor the hidden dangers of ships ballast

03 Aug 2017 | 60

Innovate UK provides funding for collaboration (including SAHFOS) to develop the first early deduction s...

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