Charles Moore

A third-generation resident of Long Beach, California, Charles Moore is the captain of Algalita, an independent oceanographic research vessel. In 1994, he founded the Algalita Marine Research Foundation(www.algalita.org/), dedicated to research, education, and restoration of the marine environment. To date, Captain Moore and his crew have conducted ocean and coastal sampling for plastic fragments through more than 40,000 miles of the North Pacific Ocean, across 22 degrees of latitude and 70 degrees of longitude. He is the author of "Plastic Ocean" (2011).

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