Ship Captain and Marine Plastic Debris Researcher
Algalita Marine Research Foundation
Long Beach, California, U.S.A
In 1994, Charles founded Algalita Marine Research Foundation. In 1995 he launched his aluminum hulled research vessel, Alguita, in Hobart, Tasmania. Since then he has logged more than 75,000 miles of research voyages aboard.
His 1999 study shocked the scientific world when it found six times more plastic fragments by weight in the Central Pacific than the associated zooplankton. His second paper found that plastic outweighs plankton by a factor of 2.5 in the surface waters of Southern California.
He is the lead author of those papers on plastic particulate pollution published in Marine Pollution Bulletin. Charles is a world-renowned investigator in this field, conducting an ongoing research program in the North Pacific Central Gyre.
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