In addition to our international projects, Ocean Recovery Alliance runs a number of local initiatives in Hong Kong and the Pacific Region to help educate and spread awareness of the issues that impact our Ocean, and where we can make a difference in our communities.
Some of our projects include:
Kin Hong Seafood Festival 2015 - For the entire month of November, over 45 restaurants, hotels and caterers are participating by providing certified sustainable seafood on their menus. That means seafood that is caught or raised via aquaculture in ways that can continue for generations, and which are not damaging to the environment in the way they are brought to market. Ask the restaurants you dine at if they know where their seafood comes from, and if it is sustainable. If they don't know, or don't have it, just your questions will be a signal to them that the community is interested in purchasing sustainable seafood products, which can make a world of difference for the ocean!
Plasticity Forum - The 6th Plasticity Forum was held in London on September 21, 2016 as part of the London Design Festival. This follows on from a very successful event in Shanghai in April, 2016. Plasticity is a unique business conference which brings together all types of experts on the future of plastic, and where the leaders are going with innovation, design, materials, recycling and solutions. It was first launched at the Rio+20 Earth Summit, and as since been held in Hong Kong and New York. A short summary video of the Portugal event can be seen here, with a video on the Shanghai event available here. Presentations can be found on the Plasticity Forum website.
Kids Ocean Day - Hong Kong's third event took place in Repulse Bay in April 2015, and was part of the new Ocean Appreciation Month created by Ocean Recovery Alliance. This event includes presentations to Hong Kong schools, and a finale with a stunning aerial art image with over 1,000 children on the beach in Hong Kong.
"Valuing Plastic - the Business Case for Measuring, Managing and Disclosing Plastic Use in the Consumer Goods Industry". This report was a world-first, and was launched in cooperation with our Plastic Disclosure Project (PDP), Trucost and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) at the U.N. Environmental Assembly in Nairobi on June 23rd. The report identifies some of the risks and opportunities to brands associated with plastic use. It articulates the business case for measuring, managing and disclosing plastic use, underlined by the new research which identifies $75 billion of annual natural capital costs of plastic use by the consumer goods sector, with estimated yearly costs to the ocean at US$13bn. You can download the full report here.
Our "Real Junk" junk trips - great educational day-out opportunities with mini-expeditions in Hong Kong waters to examine marine pollution first-hand. This is a perfect unique trip to educate children, corporates and other groups on Hong Kong's biodiversity, threats, and ocean protection, also now in coordination with the Hong Kong Maritime Museum for a tour of their facility before or after the educational junk trip.
Ocean in Motion Film Festival - Hong Kong and Ocean Art Walk, now four years running in Asia. A wide variety of short and long ocean related films are shown at this event about animals, adventure, culture, humor, environment and broad awareness. The Ocean Art Walk takes place on the Stanley Waterfront, with a number of large sculptures by the sea for 3-4 weeks in April. The theme this year is "Ocean Rejuvenation", and how the ocean can come back to life if given the chance to do so, just like what is happening in Hong Kong after a ban on trawling in Hong Kong waters, and visible improvements in fish populations.
Global Bottle Deposit Challenge - inspires company leaders or entrepreneurs to provide deposits, or "rewards" for the return of their plastic bottles (or the bottles of others). If just one company were to start putting deposits on their bottles, the economic cycle in any given community will be "turned on," causing PET bottles to be collected "en-masse," which is the missing link in turning this problem of bottle waste into a big opportunity (by collecting in volume). Who is going to be the "hero" to start this cycle of community bettterment?
Our work in better understanding the Chinese White Dolphins and their precarious standing in Hong Kong.
Our exciting bilingual 170pg book titled 'Water Margin: Hong Kong's Link to the Sea', now available in fine booksellers, through direct purchase, and through donation to all Hong Kong secondary schools.
Oceanic Big 5 - Focused around World Ocean Day on June 8th every year, this brings together the oceans biggest sports users - surfers, sailors, swimmers, divers and paddlers, to inspire clean-ups while doing the sport they love, with one's team and community.
Uncle Roo - The Recycling Rooster
We need your help! In honor of the Year of the Recycling Rooster, we want to have as many youth groups around the world perform the "Uncle Roo - Recy…» Learn More
Ocean Appreciation Program
The Ocean Appreciation Program has been created by Ocean Recovery Alliance and its partners as a way to create an annual funding mechanism for the oce…» Learn More
Kids Ocean Day Hong Kong
The 4th annual Kids Ocean Day was held on November 3rd at Repulse Bay Beach in Hong Kong, where over 800 children, teachers and volunteers b…» Learn More
REPORT: Mostly Legal But Not Sustainable
Air carriers play a crucial role in the LRFFT as the predominant transport mode for live seafood brought into Hong Kong. Between 2002 and 2013, they a…» Learn More
Plastic Catch Program Platic Catch is a program created by the collaboration between Ocean Recovery Alliance and Waste2Wear in order to help …» Learn More
Kin Hong Seafood Festival
Kin Hong Seafood Festival Rationale and Aim for the Kin Hong Seafood Festival The goal of the Kin Hong Seafood Festival in November, 2015, was to bu…» Learn More