Algalita Marine Research Foundation with Captain Charles Moore

Algalita Marine Research Foundation with Captain Charles Moore

The Algalita Marine Research Foundation is dedicated to the protection of the marine environment and its watersheds through research, education, and restoration.  We do this by:  Conduction research and collaborative studies on (1) Distribution, abundance and fate of marine plastic pollution. (2) Potential harmful effects of plastics in the marine environment, including transference of toxins and their impact on human health.


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Captain Charles Moore
Algalita Marine Research Foundation

In 1994, Charles founded the Algalita Marine Research Foundation.  In 1995, he launched his aluminum hulled research vessel, Alguita, in Hobart, Tasmania.  Since then he has logged over 100,000 miles of research voyages aboard.  His 1999 study shocked the scientific world when it found 6 times more plastic fragments by weight in the surface waters of the central Pacific than the associated zooplankton.  His second paper found that plastic outweighs zooplankton by a factor of 2.5 in the surface waters of Southern California.

Those papers on oceanic plastic particulate pollution, published in Marine Pollution Bulletin, and his review article "Synthetic polymers in the marine environment: A rapidly increasing, long term threat," published in Environmental Research, contributed to his reputation as a world-reowned investigator in this field.  His study of discharges by plastic processors resulted in the passage of a "Nurdle Bill" to prohibit the discharge of pre-production plastic pellets in the state of california.  HIs work has been featured on Good Morning America; Nightline; the Colbert Report;, the National Geographic special "Strange Days on Planet Earth"; and The Late Show with David Letterman.


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