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20 years ago, Algalita Marine Research and Education was the first to expose the severity of plastic in our ocean after Founder Captain Charles Moore discovered the swirling soup of plastic pollution in the pacific – now known by many as the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch.” 

As leaders in the movement to end plastic pollution, they educate and equip local and global influencers with the knowledge and resources needed to ignite true change in business, habits, policy, and beyond.


Algalita Marine Research & Education South Pacific is to be established to strengthen the work of Algalita Marine Research and Education after their most recent research expedition.


In November 2016, Algalita bade farewell to Captain Charles Moore and crew as they departed to conduct a six-month long voyage to and throughout the eastern South Pacific.

The goal was to locate, map, sample, and assess the current state of plastic pollution in the South Pacific accumulation zone within the eastern sub-tropical gyre, of which they successfully accomplished. What they found however, not only confirmed the disturbing presence of the persistent pollutant, plastic, but that the threat extends to even the smallest and remotest areas of our earth.


Now armed with new knowledge gained from the expedition, Algalita is committed to addressing the issue within both divisions of our greatest ocean, the Pacific, by introducing Algalita Marine Research and Education South Pacific. This chapter will align itself to the vision and values of Algalita as we uphold the same mission to lead the world to a plastic pollution free future.



Monitor and bring attention to plastic accumulation in the near shore and open ocean areas of the South Pacific

Empower youth to become change-makers of today while preparing them to take on the challenges of the future

Inspire individuals and communities to adopt plastic-smart habits

Design and evaluate solutions with industry, policy makers, businesses, and entrepreneurs within the South Pacific community, while holding each group accountable for their responsibilities, actions, and impacts.