Since discovering the accumulation of garbage in the North Pacific subtropical gyre in 1997, Captain Moore has been focused on bringing attention to microplastics. His landmark study on microplastics in the North Pacific Gyre, showing that for every kilo of plankton there are 6 kilos of plastics, has been widely read and cited throughout science publications and the media.

He has presented to a wide variety of stakeholders and published numerous peer-reviewed papers to get the message out that microplastics are bad for the environment and are of concern for the health of marine organisms. He has been on such shows as the Osgood File, Late night with David Letterman, The Colbert Report, Nightline, Discovery Channel Canada, 60 Minutes Australia, and Al Jazeera. He was engaged by the Encyclopedia Britannica to give the definition of plastic pollution for their online edition

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