Algalita Marine Research and Education



When Founder Captain Charles Moore discovered a massive area of plastic soup floating in the Pacific Ocean, the question wasn’t how it got there – it was how our consumption habits had spiraled so out of control. As originators in the field of plastic pollution prevention, we don’t simply clean up trash – our innovative work is aimed at mending a broken system by shifting the way humans think about their environmental impact.
From science to policy, technological innovations to changing throwaway culture, we believe it’s critical to pass along our complex understanding of the issue to the next generation of young leaders.

Mission Statement

Algalita's mission is to lead the world to a plastic pollution free future.

Program Details

EXPEDITIONS - Algalita was the first organization to analyze samples from all five subtropical gyres. We also developed the world’s first set of research protocols for sampling ocean plastic pollution, conducting 14 collaborative expeditions in the process.
THOUGHT LEADERSHIP - We’ve shared our expertise and passion across industries, contributing to the world’s first plastic exposure guide for physicians and developing the first ocean plastic pollution teaching kit for educators. Over our history, we’ve authored over two dozen scientific publications on plastic pollution.
EDUCATION INNOVATION - Our ongoing academic programs have engaged over 2150 teachers and 275,800 students, providing in-class science workshops, teacher training and field research opportunities. All together, our leadership programs have helped launch over 146 waste reduction campaigns in schools spanning 24 countries.
COLLABORATION - Algalita co-founded both the first NGO alliance (Plastic Pollution Coalition) and first plastic industry alliance (Trash Free Seas Alliance) focused on ocean pollution. We also co-hosted the first annual Ocean Heroes Bootcamp alongside UN Environment and several organizations from across the nation.
POLICY INFLUENCE - Algalita actively engages with policy makers in California. We helped develop the first comprehensive, statewide action plan to reduce sources of plastic pollution.
SOUTH PACIFIC EXPANSION - We’ve done extensive work in the Southern Hemisphere, including developing the first ocean plastic pollution monitoring program in this part of the ocean, providing the first ever baseline data set for northern Chile, and founding a South Pacific chapter of Algalita.
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148 N Marina Drive
Long Beach, CA 90803
United States
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