Bourne out of my love of the ocean and its well being, I founded Algalita Marine Research Foundation in 1994. initially working toward kelp restoration and waste water remediation in California's coastal waters. The incorporation of an educational arm changed the name to Algalita Marine Research and Education. It's beginning and subsequent evolution have been the result of combined efforts by a small group of dedicated individuals with a dream -- preserving our marine environment and breaking the world free from its throwaway mentality comfort zone.
As a result of my 1997 encounter with plastic debris in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, my research soon changed focus to investigating and understanding the plastics era impact on our oceans. More specifically, in the area sometimes called "The Great Pacific Garbage Patch". Algalita's efforts, data collected on our ten voyages, the International POPS Youth Summits and my global appearances, have begun a worldwide chain reaction. By initiating the Plastic Pollution Conversation, we have pioneered global awareness of a disaster that begins at home with carelessly discarded waste that ends up in a place called "away". "Away" is no longer just a nameless place....it's our oceans.