The Citadel Hill Laboratory was the first dedicated marine biological station in Great Britain and among the first in Europe. Over the years the Laboratory on the Hoe has been the site of key scientific breakthroughs and today remains at the forefront of marine science. It is the home of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom (MBA) and the Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science (SAHFOS).
The MBA is a learned society with over 1,400 members worldwide, providing a unified, clear, independent voice on behalf of the marine biological community. It produces international publications including the Journal of the Marine Biological Association and The Marine Biologist. The MBA undertakes marine biological research at its Citadel Hill laboratory and has facilitated the work of twelve Nobel Prize winners and over 170 fellows of the Royal Society. The Laboratory also hosts the National Marine Biological Library. A major focus of the MBA is to promote marine science as an important tool for environmental protection and management, provide access to unique historical material, circulate data, and undertake outreach and education projects.
The Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science (SAHFOS) is an internationally funded research organisation that operates the Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) survey. Data has been collected from the North Atlantic and North Sea on the biogeography and ecology of plankton since 1931. The sampling methods have remained consistent, ideal to provide unique information about the changing ‘plankton environment’ and the ‘health’ of our oceans. Our data archives are an irreplaceable resource of information for ocean science. SAHFOS plankton research helps to address pressing global issues; educate; influence and shape fishing and environmental policy and combat human health challenges.