Algalita Marine Research and Education (Long Beach, CA)


  • Name:Katie Allen
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Algalita Marine Research and Education
  • Address:148 Marina Drive
    Long Beach, CA 90803
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:562-598-4889
  • Main fax:562-598-0712

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User Phone

  • Direct phone:562-598-4889

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  • Mission:
  • Algalita Marine Research Foundation was founded in Long Beach, California in 1994 by Captain Charles Moore, and is dedicated to the protection of the marine environment and its watersheds through research, education and restoration. Our primary work is to establish an international data set of the levels of plastic debris pollution found in the Pacific Ocean from the inland watersheds to the coastal zones and into the high seas, and to inform the public about its existence so that solutions can be found to keep the problem from getting worse.

  • History:
  • In 1994, Captain Charles Moore of Long Beach, California brought together a small group of thoughtful, dedicated people who wanted to change the world. Their focus was on the “coastal ocean,” particularly the restoration of the disappearing giant kelp forests and on improving the water quality along the upper and lower California coasts through wetlands preservation and construction of new wetlands if necessary.

    Captain Moore, a lifelong sailor, commissioned the building of the sailing Oceanographic Research Vessel Alguita – the “little kelp plant” – to assist with kelp transplanting and water monitoring. The reconstruction of her standing rigging after being dismasted north of American Samoa on her delivery voyage in 1996, required a “shakedown cruise” to test the new rig’s viability. That 1997 voyage resulted in the discovery of the “Eastern Garbage Patch” in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre.

    This, together with our subsequent research in the North Pacific Gyre, changed Algalita Marine Research Foundation’s focus from the coastal ocean to how we humans affect the deep sea with plastic trash. It was the beginning of the mission that we formally adopted in 2007: The Algalita Marine Research Foundation is dedicated to the protection of the marine environment and its watersheds through research, education, and restoration. Of course, our trash travels from near shore to pelagic seas and so we continue to work locally and we have not forsaken the giant kelp’s restoration. The interest generated by our work in the remotest part of the ocean has fueled our growth over the last decade. The opportunities for research and educational outreach at Algalita are now limitless, and our Board struggles to direct our limited resources.

  • Year established:1994
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:9
  • Advisory board size:12
  • Staff size:6

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Terri Buchanan, President - CPA
    Ronald E. Jagner, Secretary - Retired Engineer, Boeing Company
    Nikhil Davé, Treasurer - Ph. D, Engineering Physics/Fluid Mechanics, Retired
    Jeff Carrick, Audit Manager, Windes
    Dr. Carole Harris – LCSW, PSY.D.
    Dan Kalmick, Managing Director/Senior Consultant, Flashlight Technologies

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Katie Allen, Executive Director

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Katie Allen, Executive Director
    Gwen Lattin, Research Biologist


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:Non-operating
  • Tax ID:33-0657882

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:330657882
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:148 N MARINA DR
  • Organization City:LONG BEACH
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:90803-4601
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:August, 1995
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:16
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization that normally receives no more than one third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes. 509(a)(2)
  • Activity Code(s):995, 350, 351
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Described in section 509(a)(2) of the Code, Preservation of natural resources (conservation), Combating or preventing pollution (air, water, etc)
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:U210
  • Asset Amount:$401,803
  • Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Income Amount:$542,310
  • Income Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$536,827
  • Last Updated:3/23/2018 9:36:09 am

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