• Operated by The Marine Biological Association
    The Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) Survey
    is one of the worlds longest running
    and geographically most extensive
    marine ecological survey
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    DATA / RESEARCH / POLICY MAKERS / SCIENTISTS
    Plankton Science for Our Future Oceans
    The Marine Biological Association operates the Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) Survey
  • Towing since 1931 and over 9 decades of analysis
    100’s of scientists around the world are using CPR data
    The CPR Survey has now towed over 7 million nautical miles
    Responsible for the longest running, most geographically extensive marine biological survey in the world
    We collect plankton coupled with ocean physical, chemical and biological observations
    Our data are freely available and collaborations encouraged

Welcome to the CPR Survey

The Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) Survey is the most geographically extensive marine monitoring programme in the world. Today the Survey is operated by the Marine Biological Association, based in Plymouth, UK.

6647274

Total Nautical Miles Towed

698

Taxa Routinely Analysed

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 the CPR Survey and an important aim of the organisation is to use CPR data and the expertise of Survey scientists to deliver evidence-based advice to policy makers and ecosystem managers

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Data

The CPR Survey 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

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The Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) Survey has merged with the Marine Biological Association

02 Apr 2018 | 433

Greater synergies and influence for UK environmental science...