Studying the impact of plastic debris in the most remote areas of the ocean
As the pioneers in the study of plastic pollution, we were the first to define the research methodology for collecting and analyzing microplastic samples from the ocean. Since our founder’s 1997 discovery of the “plastic soup” in the North Pacific Gyre, we’ve continued collecting raw data through expeditions around the world.
Algalita has full access to the ORV Alguita, a 50-foot, 25-ton aluminum hulled sailing catamaran. Our team utlizes this versatile, modern research vessel to collect ocean water samples from around the world. To date, we have spent over 43,000 hours conducting research at sea and have collected 1,114 plastic debris samples.
SAMPLING & DATA ANALYSIS
Samples collected on our expeditions are analyzed at our multi-use research facility located at the SEA Lab in Redondo Beach, California.
GIS DATA MAPPING
COMING SOON! Explore sample collection and analysis information from each Algalita voyage.
Ongoing and past projects in collaboration with other environmental research and advocacy organizations.
A comprehensive library of research papers on marine debris produced by Algalita and other research organizations.