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By Captain Charles Moore, founder of Algalita Marine Research and Education

We live in the age of plastic. Every year we make plastic stuff in amounts that equal the weight of the entire human population, and enough of it is thrown away to circle the Earth four times. More than five trillion plastic pieces, altogether weighing more than 250,000 tons, are floating at sea. We have polluted our oceans with plastic to the point where we have created five enormous accumulation zones, sometimes referred to as garbage patches. The largest is a floating mass of plastic twice the size of Texas, known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

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The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is recruiting a Chief Executive Officer and a Technical Director. IMCA is the leading representative body of offshore, marine and underwater engineering companies with over a thousand members in more than 60 countries. IMCA has four technical divisions covering marine/specialist vessel operations, offshore diving, hydrographic survey, remote systems and ROV systems plus geographic sections for the Asia-Pacific, Central & North America, Europe & Africa, Middle East & India and South America regions. As well as a core focus on safety, the environment, competence and training, IMCA seeks to promote its members’ common interests, to resolve industry-wide issues and to provide an authoritative voice for its members. With a raft of challenges and opportunities facing the industry IMCA is seeking a new CEO to represent the marine contracting industry and lead the required improvements on several strategic topics with support of the whole membership community.

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