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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

137166

Nautical Miles Towed in 2016

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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30 Mar 15:14

Great to see #STEMPlymouth launch today! @SAHFOS happy to help! https://t.co/nlq3tRrg1C
29 Mar 14:20

.@amandabamford sounds great! Be sure to let us know what's around! https://t.co/8WGSYB39x7
28 Mar 11:26

Longer days + bright, sunny weather are both important factors in kick-starting the spring bloom for diatoms like… https://t.co/RrMA9HjK7y
27 Mar 12:00

@MyDofElife Grand Banks,off Newfoundland – its an arctic/boreal species – despite what it feels like here, not cold enough for T. arcticum!
21 Mar 15:15

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