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.
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 “SyntheticWatch Now
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