The Marine Biological Association and The Continuous Plankton Recorder Survey (CPR Survey) – both internationally renowned for the quality of their science – have joined forces.
The Marine Biological Association (MBA) has incorporated the Continuous Plankton Recorder Survey – previously SAHFOS (the Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science). Both organisations can demonstrate global impact: the MBA was established in 1884 and counts seven Nobel Prize winners among those who have worked there. In 2013 the MBA was awarded a Royal Charter in recognition of its long and eminent history and its status within the field of marine biology. SAHFOS is an international non-profit organisation operating global surveys that measure the ecological health of the ocean using marine plankton. Its international hub is based at the Citadel Hill Laboratory on the Hoe.
As a result of the merger the MBA is now 30% larger and has pooled impressive expertise and experience: the world’s longest and most spatially extensive biological datasets; fisheries science expertise ranging from the role of plankton in fisheries recruitment to fish behaviour; and developing new ‘environmental DNA’ fingerprinting tools that will enable forensic assessments of marine life from nothing more than a cup of seawater.
There are significant areas of overlap and complementarity between the two organisations, which already share the same premises, infrastructure and resources. These synergies and increased capacity not only bring greater resilience in a changing world, but also opportunities in science, education and training of the next generation of scientists and communicators.
All MBA and CPR Survey operations will continue as normal but with enhanced capacity.For further details see the dedicated web page.