In 1997, Captain Charles Moore was returning to Long Beach after a yacht race to Hawaii, at the helm of his oceanographic research vessel, Alguita. Veering off his usual return steerage, he happened into something that changed his life's course: "There were shampoo caps and soap bottles and plastic bags and fishing floats as far as I could see," he recalled. "Here I was in the middle of the ocean, and there was nowhere I could go to avoid the plastic." Moore, who founded Algalita Marine Research Foundation (AMRF) in 1994, began dedicating himself to studying the ocean's load capacity for plastic debris. His pioneering research found that "plastic outweighs plankton by a factor of 2.5 in the surface waters of... More >>>