Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science

Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science

Charity information

Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science

SAHFOS is an international charity responsible for managing the Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) Survey. The Survey has generated data from the North Sea and North Atlantic and gained an understanding of the biogeography and ecology of plankton in these regions since 1931. The data, and research arising from the data, have enabled scientists to assess the biological health of our oceans and so advise national and international policy makers. Data from the Survey are used by marine biologists and scientific institutions around the world, often in collaboration with SAHFOS.

The CPR Survey and other long-term monitoring studies provide baselines for assessing the relative importance of natural variability and climate change impacts in marine ecosystems. Although the Survey focuses primarily on the North Atlantic and adjacent waters, climate change is a global challenge that requires a global perspective. One of the Survey’s longer term goals is to become increasingly global.

SAHFOS is also committed to the public understanding of science and increasing public awareness of the marine environment including the sustainability of fish. The Foundation regularly participates in outreach programmes.

Founded 1990

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