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Review for Algalita Marine Research and Education, Long Beach, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Algalita Marine Research Foundation has a Board of Directors with various backgrounds and expertise. The different perspectives add value to the direction and planning of the organization. When I was asked to consider serving on the board, Marine Biology was not my field, so I hesitated to serve. Time was also a concern. You do not need a degree in Marine Biology to understand the detrimental impact that plastic debris is making to our marine environment and watersheds. You do not need a lot of time to get involved. Being involved in Algalita Marine Research Foundation has educated me. Plastic is an amazing invention, but it last for centuries and most of the items that are packaged in plastic are consumed and discarded in minutes. In addition to the production and discard of single use plastic items, there are toxins that are released that are harmful to marine life which ultimately impacts human life. Please support Algalita Marine Research Foundation as they continue to be a leading authority on the impacts that plastics are having on marine life and the human food chain.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have personally seen some of the samples extracted from the North Pacific Gyre. It is sobering to see a fish that is caught in the open ocean, immediately cut open and reveal the pieces of plastic that it has fed on.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What this organization lacks are funds to complete existing projects to expose the effects that plastic toxins have on the human food chain. To educate the public and restore our oceans and watersheds to a healthier state.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Learning the sobering facts of what is going on in our oceans and watersheds and the opportunity to work with such dedicated and passionate people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Jeanne and Marieta are dedicated individuals ready to direct your request. Gwen puts in numerous hours to research. Captain Moore travels the world giving presentations. Bill is a true leader.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

coordinate meetings with the private and govt sectors to change the way we use plastic. Schedule voyages to each of the Gyres. Have public service messages on national TV. Have curriculum in every classroom. Stop further plastic debris reaching our oceans

Ways to make it better...

It is a great experience. There are so many more staff I did not name that deserve credit and recognition. Algalita is more like extended family working together.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Genesis 1:21 So God created great sea creatures, and every sort of fish and every kind of bird. And God looked at them and with pleasure, and blessed them all. - We have an obligation to fullfill.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Board Member & I got involved by serving on the Board of Directors and have raised awareness by sharing with my friends, family and associates. My personal awareness has impacted the way I live and use products.