Educational Links & Material
- is a joint effort of the UNEP Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA) and the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO);
- is the marine litter info node of the GPA Clearing-House Mechanism, with the objective to provide a clearing-house, a gateway, for supply and exchange of information on the global, regional and local problem of marine litter;
- will guide you to facts on marine litter, compiled and presented by people all around the world. Many people in many places are already involved. Here you will find them, region by region
Several agencies and organizations working with the issue of marine litter (marine debris) offer educational material and special activities for children. The overall purpose of these efforts is to make children familiar with the marine environment, make them care about it and understand the consequences of abusing it.
Captain Charles Moore founded Algalita Marine Research Foundation in 1994. In 1995 he launched his purpose designed, aluminium hulled research vessel, Alguita, in Hobart, Tasmania, and organized the Australian Government's first "Coastcare" research voyage to document anthropogenic contamination of Australia's east coast.
Oceanographic Research Vessel Alguita and its Captain found their true calling after a 1997 yacht race to Hawaii. On his return voyage, Captain Moore veered from the usual sea route and saw an ocean he had never known, "there were shampoo caps and soap bottles and plastic bags and fishing floats as far as I could see. Here I was in the middle of the ocean, and there was nowhere I could go to avoid the plastic."
The Algalita Marine Research Foundation (AMRF) is a Long Beach, California based non-profit environmental organization. AMRF is dedicated to the preservation of the marine environment. With the help of its chartered research vessel, The Oceanographic Research Vessel (ORV) Alguita, AMRF is actively engaged in innovative research, education and restoration of the marine environment.
Ever since, Captain Moore has dedicated his time and resources to understanding and remediating the ocean's plastic load. Along with collaborators from the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project he developed protocols for monitoring marine and beach micro-plastics which are now used from the remote beaches of Polynesia to the United Nations Environmental Programme in Europe.