ESSAS - Ecosystem Studies of Subarctic and Arctic Seas

The Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) Survey in the NW Atlantic

ESSAS Featured Research: Continuous Plankton Recorders (CPRs) have been towed along routes between Iceland and Newfoundland (the Z route) and between Newfoundland and the NE coast of the United States (the E route) since the early 1960s. The data are analysed each year as a component of the Canadian Atlantic Zone Monitoring Programme.

The routes are divided into eight regions, four in the shallow waters of the Canadian continental shelf and four in the deep waters of the NW Atlantic sub-polar gyre. Results are reported annually in Research Documents published by Fisheries and Oceans Canada . 

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For any questions about ESSAS or further information please contact any of the ESSAS Co-chairs

Benjamin Planque
Institute of Marine Research, Bergen, Norway
Email: benjamin.planque@imr.no  

Franz Mueter
University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA
Email: fmueter@alaska.edu  

Naomi Harada
Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo
Kashiwa, Japan
Email: naomi.harada@aori.u-tokyo.ac.jp  

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