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

Rating: 5 stars  

Algalita Marine Research Foundation is conducting invaluable research on the health of our oceans and the impact that each of us has on the marine environment with our plastic footprint. I discovered AMRF while researching marine debris and its impact on marine mammals, and was immediately struck by the magnitude of what this small research foundation is pursuing: to shed light on one of the biggest problems our planet faces today: plastic garbage in our oceans. I contacted AMRF for an interview and found the staff to be passionate, responsive and excited to help me get more information out to the public about what we can do to help reduce the flow of plastic to the ocean. I was impressed by the Executive Director, Marieta Francis and Media Coordinator, Jeanne Gallagher who both helped me get my facts straight and who were so friendly and helpful in answering my questions. I really appreciated it since AMRF was getting a lot of press at that time and I know the staff was super busy responding to inquiries generated by Dr. Moore's interview on the David Letterman Show and the Colbert Report. This foundation obviously cares deeply about their research and understands the importance of public outreach at the same time. Algalita's research on the 5 Gyres Project will answer the question about whether we are destined to eat our own plastic garbage. This is research I'd like to fund and I hope others are equally interested!

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

learning about my plastic footprint and what I can do to reduce it. I am grateful to this organization for devoting resources to research whether surface foraging fish are ingesting micro-plastic particles.

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

devote more resources to public outreach. The work AMRF does is important enough that it impacts the entire planet.

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

the people, who are very engaged in their research and willing to share what they know with the public.

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

extremely helpful and passionate about their work, which is contagious.

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

run advertising campaigns to educate more people about plastic trash in the oceans.

Ways to make it better...

I could have volunteered as crew on one of the 5 oceanic gyre expeditions! The fact that interested Members who donate $5,000 can join an oceanic expedition to collect plastic debris is a wonderful opportunity to participate in this important research!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

getting enough funding to grow the organization and getting more press to help reach the rest of the world about the important research they are conducting.

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

the research being conducted by the Algalita Marine Research Foundation deserves international attention.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  General Member of the Public & Interviewed Algalita Marine Research Foundation staff for an article on marine debris.