The MBA's Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) Survey featured recently in The Guardian newspaper. 

The national news article introduced the CPR as a 'vast marine mission' that has 'allowed scientists to see dramatic patterns in ocean health, across both time and space, building a much clearer picture of how our marine environments are changing'.

Here at the MBA, we are celebrating the continued success of the CPR survey during the Covid-19 era and the collaborative efforts of the CPR Operations team and shipping industry. 

The article marks a major milestone for the CPR survey as it clocked up 7 million nautical miles of data collection. This staggering figure equates to nearly 17 round trips to the moon! On the 17th June at 21:55 the MS Norrona (Smyril Lines) towed a continuous plankton recorder through this incredible milestone, which has been achieved thanks to collaborative efforts from the CPR team and the shipping industry. 

Since its first tow back in 1931, the CPR survey has grown to a fleet of 53 recorders and is the longest running and most geographically extensive marine survey in the world. The CPR survey team includes plankton analysts and scientists and provides world-leading expertise on the impacts of environmental change on the health of our oceans.

CPR plankton observation, ancillary datasets and associated metadata are freely available to collaborating researchers. To find out more about our data, and for information on how to access them, please visit our data portal at 

Head over to our YouTube channel for an explanation of how the Continuous Plankton Recorder Survey works with a 'navy of volunteers' to deliver this globally significant dataset.

Follow the CPR Survey on Twitter @CPRSurvey

Jun 29, 2020 By guba