Douglas Woodring

The oceans are in good hands with Douglas Woodring of the Ocean Recovery Alliance


Douglas Woodring has been campaigning about the impact of marine plastic long before it became a popular cause. The founder in 2010 and managing director of Ocean Recovery Alliance, he was inspired to start the environmental NGO when he was diving in a remote spot in Palau and still found plastic waste littering the sea, first founding Project Kaisei, a mission to survey and clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Ocean Recovery Alliance takes an innovative, technology-driven approach to the business of fighting pollution, with projects that include the Plastic Disclosure Project, which works to improve accountability and transparency on plastic use; the Global Alert app, which allows people to report marine rubbish; and the Plasticity Forum, launched at the Rio+20 Earth Summit. Originally from the US, he has also worked in industries including new media and asset management.

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Douglas Woodring is a competitive long-distance swimmer, who in 2019 was inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.

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