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Captain Moore appears on CBS Evening News with Scott Kelley as ocean trash expert.


Captain Moore featured on KFRN 1280 AM, Long Beach Radio "Focus on Issues"Saturday, February 8. 12:15 a.m., 4:15 a.m., 6:15 a.m. 12:15 p.m., and 4:15 p.m.

Listen to the interview:


Captain Charles Moore, the man who discovered the swirling vortex of plastic trash widely known as the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” will once again sail to one of the most polluted areas of the world—the North Pacific Central Gyre.


Biologists record increasing amounts of plastic
litter in the Arctic deep sea: studies confirm that twice as much marine
debris is lying on the seabed today compared to ten years ago >>

NBC News - 07/11/2012

The first wave has arrived. And now more and more tsunami debris is washing ashore on West Coast beaches seemingly every day. From large docks, to a motorcycle, to boat buoys, states like Washington and Oregon are seeing most of the debris. But the hunt for larger masses of debris is underway, not on shore but instead deep into the Pacific. >>


ABC News - 07/10/2012
They were not signing on for a pleasure cruise, when Marcus Eriksen and 11 others climbed aboard the Sea Dragon in Tokyo a month ago. The adventurers would sail over 4,000 miles of rough Pacific Ocean seas, finally limping into Hawaii this week, low on fuel and high on adrenaline.


Los Angeles TImes - 06/08/2012
Debris from the Japanese tsunami is starting to wash ashore on the U.S. West Coast in a big way. Beachcombers from Northern California to Alaska are finding fishing floats, soccer balls and ships that have drifted thousands of miles across the Pacific Ocean after being dragged to sea by the March 2011 tsunami -- even a Harley-Davidson motorcycle that was traced back to a tsunami survivor. >>

Gadling - Interview with crew member Cynthia Matzke - 04/20/2012
I was very pleased to be able to sit down with a woman about to head out on an incredible journey into the heart of the Western Pacific Garbage Patch. Her name is Cynthia Matzke, and starting on May 1 she and a team of researchers are going to sail across the western Pacific to document the marine debris situation. >>

FOX NEWS - 03/09/2012

Huffington Post- 03/11/2012
One year after a massive tsunami ravaged the east coast of Japan, much attention is focused on the bottles, refrigerators and other debris washed out to sea and its pending arrival on the U.S. West Coast -- endangering ships, seabirds and other wildlife along the way.


Hermosa Beach Patch - 12/16/2011
The floating tsunami debris even has become part of an exhibition package for "scientists, educators and eco-adventurers," organized by the 5 Gyres Institute and the Algalita Marine Research Foundation in collaboration with Pangaea Exploration. >>

Maritime Executive - 12/16/2011
At the end of October, the STS Pallada discovered a 20-million-ton mass of tsunami debris from the mega 9.0 magnitude earthquake off Sendai, Japan in March. Since this discovery, scientists have been studying, and tracking the contents of the giant floating mass, and now, they are inviting the public on an exclusive ride to see the floating spectacle aboard a 72-foot sailing yacht. >>

National Geographic - 12/15/2011
The March 11 Japanese tsunami pulled millions of tons of debris from the country's coastline following the 9.0 magnitude earthquake off Sendai. Since then, scientists have been tracking and monitoring the wreckage—bits of houses, whole cars, and household appliances. >>


Sierra Club - 11/23/2011
The tragic devestation of the Japan earthquake and the Fukushima nuclear disaster happened in March, but the aftermath is still developing. While the toll on lives was catastrophic, the toll on the ocean has been largely unknown. That might change through a partnership between 5 Gyres Institute, Algalita Marine Research Foundation, and Pangaea Exploration, which are sending scientists aboard a vessel that will sail to the area -- and the public is invited to join them.


Deep Sea News -10/15/2011
About six months ago, University of Hawaii scientists Nikolai Maximenko and Jan Hafner mapped the likely route of debris dumped into the ocean by the March 11 Japanese tsunami. Just last week, a Russian sail training vessel used their maps to find the debris field. Since the North Pacific is really, really big – over three times the size of the United States – how did they do it?

New York Times 10/12/2011
The devastation on land was terrible, but the disaster also left a mark on the ocean that generated the tsunami: tens of thousands of tons of debris, including entire houses, cars and boats, were swept out to sea that day. This mass has now dispersed over an area covering several hundreds of miles in the northern Pacific Ocean. Now scientists from California are inviting the public to join them on a research trip into the debris field next May and June.

PRC & The STS Pallada Press Release : October 13, 2011
Russian Ship Finds Tsunami Debris where Scientists Predicted

Ever since the great Japan tsunami on March 11 washed millions of tons of debris into the Pacific, scientists... >>

Discovery Channel News: October 6, 2011

"We'll be riding the same currents that are transporting cigarette lighters, bottle caps, children's toys and all manner of other plastic pollution generated by the tsunami" >>

Agence France Press: October 5, 2011
WASHINGTON — Fancy a holiday in a sea of junk? Environmentalists in the United States are offering "eco-adventurers" the chance to do just that >>

Montreal Gazette: July 28, 2011
VANCOUVER — A water sample teeming with tiny, colourful bits of plastic was just one of many troubling souvenirs that a group of researchers picked up during their trip to the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" earlier this month >>

San Francisco Chronicle: June 29, 2011
Green Builder Media announced today that environmentalist and explorer, Dr. Marcus Eriksen, will be the next visionary presenter for its Impact Series >>

TreeHugger - South Pacific Voyage: April 4, 2011
The samples collected from this voyage will be sent to the Algalita Foundation, which analyzes each sample and classifies all the materials found in them... >>

Huffington Post Article: March 22, 2011

Tsunami, a Sea Turtle and Plastic Pollution - This past weekend I was invited to work with the team at on the International Plastics Are Forever Youth Summit. On the shores of Long Beach, California... >>

Los Angeles Times Article: March 11, 2011
Southern California researchers say about 35% of fish they collected in the northern Pacific Ocean in 2008 had plastic in their stomachs. The study shows the troubling effect floating litter is having on marine life... >>

Algalita joins the 5th International Marine Debris Conference (NOAA).

Sierra Club COMPASS Article: February 25, 2011

In recent years, plastic pollution in our oceans has gained a lot of attention. >>

AOL News Article: February 24, 2011
Would You Pay $10,000 to Sail to a Floating Garbage Dump? >>

Mother Nature Network Article: February 15, 2011
Set sail to fight plastic pollution. Wanted: 10 eco-activists for a 20-day eco-adventure...>>
San Diego Untion-Tribune Article: February 11, 2011
$10k buys a trip to see floating trash...>>

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