To maintain sustainable seafood supply, we must first create a sustainable ocean environment.  What are the challenges and triumph?   


Doug Woodring

Director / Co-Founder, Ocean Recovery Alliance

Doug is the co-founder of the Ocean Recovery Alliance, which is focused on bringing innovative solutions, technology, collaborations and policy together to impact positive improvements for the health of the ocean.  Doug also co-founded Project Kaisei which led a science expedition to the North Pacific Gyre with Scripps Oceanography in 2009, and was recognized as a UN Climate Hero and a Google Earth Hero for its efforts. Ocean Recovery Alliance is now one of the first NGOs to be working with both the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Bank on their respective ocean programs aimed at the reduction of plastic pollution in our environment.  He is the founder of the Plasticity Forum, first launched in Rio de Janeiro at the Rio+20 Earth Summit, and has since been held in Hong Kong, New York, Portugal, Shanghai and London.  The event is unique globally, and focuses on the future of plastic, and where the leaders are going with design, innovation, materials, recycling and solutions, for a world with a reduced waste footprint.  He is the founder of Kids Ocean Day Hong Kong, as well as the Grate Art project, which puts Art for Awareness on city streets in Hong Kong to remind people not to dump into storm drains, as they lead to the sea.  He is a sought after speaker at events on plastic pollution, ocean and environmental related topics.

Doug has worked in Asia for over 20 years in a number of industries which have been at the forefront of technology within their sectors, mainly related to the environment and new media platforms.  He also spent four years in the asset management industry and set up the framework for a Global Environmental Technology fund in 1998 with Merrill Lynch.  Doug is a competitive swimmer and outrigger paddler, and has been nominated as Open Water Swimmer of the Year for his contributions to the sport. Born in Northern California, he has a dual masters degree from The Wharton School (MBA) and Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and an undergraduate degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley.  Board of Directors: Ocean Recovery Alliance Inc.


Emily BotsforD

Programme Manager, ADM Capital Foundation

Emily's role is to manage the marine projects for ADM Capital Foundation, an Asian-focused philanthropic organisation working in illegal wildlife trade, marine conservation, rainforest preservation, water risk in China and air quality in Hong Kong.

She has researched and contributed to scientific reports, strategise campaigns and provide guidance to the Vietnamese Government on their Fisheries Laws revision, which is currently taking place. She also assists NOAA in a series of trawl fishery and MMSY workshops for the Department of Fisheries officials from Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar. 



Founder, 178 Degrees

Ben is a Hong Kong native and a Kiwi. Both aspects of his upbringing have been instrumental in the creation of 178 Degrees, which he founded in 2015.

The concept was to take the best of New Zealand produce and make it available to Hong Kong’s discerning clientele. At the core is an expression of New Zealand’s heritage as a farming nation and its world-leading agricultural practices.

178 Degrees currently supplies various hotels and restaurants, and recently established an online retail store to provide healthy and responsibly sourced foodstuffs to Hong Kong families. Sustainability is a fundamental principle underlying 178 Degrees’ operations and one that Ben advocates vigorously. All Seafood sold by 178 Degrees comes from sustainable sources, an achievement that has been aided in no small part by New Zealand’s world-renowned Quota Management System (QMS).

In the three decades since its implementation, QMS has been widely acclaimed for its excellence in national fisheries management. There are many lessons to be drawn from the QMS’ success, the most important of which is that responsible resource management can be conducive to both the protection of the environment and economic development.