SAHFOS launches a new look website

16 May 2016 | 511

Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science (SAHFOS) introduces new website to offer user-friendly experience with improved functionality throughout

SAHFOS, one of the world’s most respected marine science organisations, is delighted to be launching a new-look website. Created with the user-experience firmly in mind, some of the features of the website highlight completely new territory for the organisation, including data mapping and data charting test pages, where users are now able to visit the site’s data pages for a taste of the decades of information that are available on request.

The available online content is far richer and more forward-thinking underlining SAHFOS’ adaptability to collaborate with others across a range of opportunities. It’s designed to engage a variety of audiences that potentially have an interest in plankton science, from scientists to policy makers to corporations and the general public.

SAHFOS Director, Prof Willie Wilson noted:

“This website facelift wasn’t just a case of showing ‘this is what SAHFOS does’ but more, ‘how can SAHFOS help you?’ SAHFOS is an International Centre of Taxonomic Excellence and our data, as well as the science emanating from our work needs to be represented in an easy-to-find way.  We also want our work to appeal to those outside of the science community and are delighted with the new look.”

SAHFOS worked with Totnes-based website developers Blacksnow.

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About the Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science (SAHFOS) is a Plymouth-based internationally funded independent research organisation that is responsible for the operation of the Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) Survey. It is a survey that has been monitoring the health of the oceans since 1931.

The CPR Survey provides the global scientific and policy communities with a basin-wide and long-term measure of the ecological health of marine plankton. Using consistent and integrated methodologies, CPRs have been towed over 6½ million nautical miles since 1931 by merchant ships belonging to many nations. This has resulted in the collection of more than 500,000 plankton samples, primarily from the North East Atlantic/North Sea but increasingly from the North Pacific and other oceans, from polar to tropical. The CPR Survey is the longest running and geographically extensive marine ecological survey in the world.

The CPR is a sampling device that is deployed, towed and recovered each month by more than 30 merchant ships along their regular routes of trade between ports. The CPR machine collects and preserves the marine plankton for later counting and identification under a microscope by a dedicated team of analysts at its Plymouth-based laboratory overlooking the famous Plymouth Hoe. Plankton research by members of SAHFOS, and other collaborators across the world, has provided unique data about the health of the oceans, impact of climate change and the effect on fisheries.  More information is available at

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