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Sep 12 2014

Inspired by Team Spirit

By Founder and President Kurt Lieber

vols-on-boat-250It's been "all hands on deck" for our dedicated volunteers lately as we work to get our new boat ready for action. The team spirit has been inspirational.

Your financial support--in any amount--will help get the retrofitting and repair work done. Quicker turnaround means more ocean wildlife saved and more ghost gear removed

Your urgently-needed donation will go towards repairing:

  • Equipment for hauling debris
  • Electronics
  • Plumbing

…and more!

We will not be able to clean the oceans and defend the critters of the deep without your help.

Thank you for helping make it happen!


Aug 13 2014

Giant Sea Bass Count

By Founder and President Kurt Lieber

news 2014-08-13-04-Giant sea bass years agoFor many years, giant sea bass were taken from the ocean in large numbers and this greatly reduced their numbers.

Read about our participation in an effort to get a count on the giant sea bass currently existing in the coastal waters of Southern California.

We are always pleased to help scientists whenever we can. "Ocean conservation" is our middle name!

Read more: Giant Sea Bass Count

Jul 22 2014

Ton of Trash

By Founder and President Kurt Lieber

Ocean Defenders volunteer Dive & Onshore cleanup crewHere it is, the middle of summer and we rallied over 25 people to come out and help us with our fourth harbor cleanup!

The day started out with strange weather: It was humid, and it actually sprinkled a little rain on us.  The cloud cover helped to keep the temperature down, which was a welcome relief.

During our previous three campaigns to remove debris from the Channel Islands Harbor, we have removed an average of about 1,300 pounds of man-made junk.  Would we find that much stuff again?  Read on to find out more….

Read more: Ton of Trash

Jul 11 2014

Trap Removal at Cat Rock

Peter Fulks swimming through California kelp using dive scooterBy Founder and President Kurt Lieber

ODA Dive Crew experienced the beauty of California's coastal underwater world when we went to Cat Rock at Anacapa in the Channel Islands.

"Come along" for the dive and check out the dolphins, fish, and great haul-out of ocean debris!

Read more: Trap Removal at Cat Rock

Jul 10 2014

New Boat: help needed!

New ocean conservation vesselWe have some GREAT news to share: ODA now has a better vessel for our ocean defense mission!

It took quite a while to find the right one within our budget, but it was definitely worth the wait.

Once prepared, this used 50-foot Chris Craft boat will allow us to go further out to sea, stay out for multiple days, drastically reduce "down time" for maintenance, AND keep our divers safer.  All of this translates into more sea life defended and cleaner oceans!

Please read about the volunteer opportunities. We need ALL kinds of help to get the boat ready for action. Come have fun with us and be part of saving the oceans!

Read more: New Boat: help needed!

Jun 19 2014

Channel Islands National Park Applauds ODA's Work

CINMS FB coverphoto-smToday the Channel Islands National Park honored us with a very nice posting on Facebook.

We urge you to visit the page to LIKE and SHARE the posting!

Please visit this page:


ODA is thrilled about the work we have been able to do in this sanctuary, and look forward to a lot more debris removal expeditions this summer.

If you would like to join us, please visit our volunteer page to apply!

Read more: Channel Islands National Park Applauds ODA's Work

May 30 2014

Saving Animals Makes a Memorable Memorial Day

or "Lobsters Have Feelers too"

By Founder and President Kurt Lieber

Ocean Defender Jennifer Verge on the conservation vessel <em>Clearwater</em>This was one of the most memorable Memorial Days I've ever had; maybe more so for some lobsters and sheep crabs!

Determined as ever to remove as much abandoned fishing gear as we can, ODA spent Memorial Day-not drinking beers and hangin' by the BBQ-but by getting up before sunrise, climbing aboard the Clearwater, and heading back to Anacapa Island in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.

Come along for the journey and read about this extraordinarly inspiring day!

Read more: Saving Animals Makes a Memorable Memorial Day

May 22 2014

Videos, Art, and all that Junk

 By Founder and President Kurt Lieber

ODA Dock Crew Brain Borgatello and Bennett Burnes with octopusWe were as happy as these two fantastic young volunteers when we successfully cleaned another portion of the Channel Islands Harbor!

Teamwork, fun, and sunshine were the perfect ingredients for our day of hard work dedicated to cleaning the ocean of all kinds of man-made debris.

Come read about this adventure and two more exciting days that were overflowing with ocean adventures!


Read more: Videos, Art, and all that Junk

More Articles...

  1. Marine Debris Sources - Ghost Fishing Gear
  2. AmazonSmile - a new way to support ODA
  3. Earth Day in Action
  4. Ocean Wildlife Rescue
  5. Ocean Conservation Education
  6. Quest for New Marine Debris Removal Vessel
  7. Giant Abandoned Squid Net Removed
  8. 'Treasure Trove' of Traps
  9. ODA Trends Toward High-Tech
  10. ODA’s Record-Setting Year: 2013!
  11. ODA Heaves Heavy Harbor Haul with Help
  12. Ventura County Star Reports on ODA's Big Cleanup Effort
  13. Ocean Debris: Everything Including the Kitchen Sink!
  14. Whales and Marine Debris
  15. A Season to Give Thanks
  16. Risso's Dolphins Ride the Waves with ODA
  17. Jonathan’s Pinnacle
  18. Channel Islands - Beauty and Debris
  19. LA Times Reports on ODA Video of Great White Shark
  20. Lobster-palooza
  21. Supersized ODA Day - Big Bass and Huge Haul
  22. Operation Deep Sweep is Launched
  23. Killer Lobster Traps and 'Killer' Ocean Art
  24. Ban on Otters Affects Abalone and Urchins
  25. Rebreathers Breathe Life into Our Ocean
  26. Helicopter Scouting Proves Fruitful
  27. Surprising (??) Amount of Trash Found on Deep-Sea Floor
  28. Releasing Trapped Critters and Clearing Paths for Whales
  29. Trap Lines Snag Dolphin - watch video
  30. Dr. Sylvia Earle Dives in with ODA
  31. Barging in on Destruction
  32. Illegal Nets and Elusive Traps
  33. Advocating for Abalone
  34. Net Hunting off Huntington Beach
  35. Hollywood Celebrity Bob Barker 'dives in' to save ocean animals!
  36. Bringing Marine Debris into the Light
  37. Dive in the Dark = Clean Veterans' Park
  38. Taming a Beast of a Net
  39. Ocean Poachers Beware
  40. BLUE Ocean, Suffering Seals
  41. Busy Days for ODA!
  42. Barging in on the Huntington Barge
  43. The Chemical Frankenstein
  44. The Waterman’s Ball, and a Watery Ball of Net
  45. Divers Double-dive for Dangerous Debris
  46. ODA’s Olympic Rapid Response!
  47. Assessing ODA’s Oceanic ‘Hood - ODA Field report 2012-07-26
  48. The Monster Trap - ODA Field Report 7-20-2012
  49. ODA Founder Kurt Lieber Earns Official Captain License
  50. Backyard Cleanup Campaign
  51. Long Beach Scuba Show – May 5, 2012
  52. ODA Field Report - 2012 - May 3rd: LA Harbor Lighthouse
  53. L.A. Harbor Loses Five Hundred Pounds... of Trash
  54. End of 2011 Report
  55. In Memory of Mike LaPrade
  56. March 2011 Update
  57. Status & Field Report - January 2011 ODA Takes on the African Queen (Episode 1)
  58. Status & Field Report - Fall 2010 New Generator Gives ODA More Power to get back in and under the water!
  59. Special Status & Field Report - Summer 2010 Clearwater Painted and Back in the Water!
  60. Special Status & Field Report - Spring 2010 - ODA takes a first-hand look at the BP Oil Spill Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico
  61. Status & Field Report - Spring 2010 - ODA Flagship "Clearwater" gets a much-needed makeover
  62. ODA 2010 Fundraiser Recap
  63. Status & Field Report - Jan. 2010 - Salvaging Sunken Batteries off Catalina Island
  64. 2009 Year End Review
  65. Status & Field Report - Oct. 2009 - New-Age Cowboys of the Sea Lasso Killer Net, In Record Time!
  66. Status & Field Report - Summer 2009 - Give Fish a Break!
  67. Status & Field Report - Summer 2009 - Busy with everything and meeting old friends
  68. Status & Field Report - Spring/Summer 2009 - Diving Deep to Clean-up the Caissons
  69. Scott Sheckman’s Draft Statement to the DOI/MMS
  70. Status & Field Report - Winter 2009 - Raising the Infidel Net
  71. Welcome, Clearwater!
  72. Status & Field Report - Winter 2008
  73. Fall 2006 - Year End Report
  74. SSCS & ODA Fundraiser
  75. Status & Field Report - Summer 2006
  76. Status & Field Report - Spring 2006
  77. Olympic Wreck Mitigation
  78. Status & Field Report - Fall 2005
  79. Status & Field Report - September 2005
  80. Status & Field Report - Summer 2005
  81. Status & Field Report - April & May 2005
  82. Status & Field Report - March 2005
  83. 2004 Year End Review and Acknowledgements
  84. Status & Field Report - December 2004
  85. Status & Field Report - November 2004
  86. Status & Field Report - October 2004
  87. Status & Field Report - Aug. & Sept. 2004
  88. Status & Field Report - July 2004
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