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Nov 11 2014

Disney and ODA Team Up!

By ODA Advisory Board Member Cheryl McCarthy

Disney VoluntEARS team up with Ocean Defenders AllianceSee larger image of these great Disney VoluntEARS below!On Saturday, November 8th, over 20 Disney VoluntEARS (volunteers!) drove nearly an hour each to join Ocean Defenders Alliance (ODA) in our first ever beach cleanup with the Disney organization.

This spirited team of volunteers ranged in age from their twenties to their sixties! They spent more than two hours making the oceans cleaner by enthusiastically removing debris from Orange County beaches and surrounding wetlands. With gloves on and bags in hand, they collected trash carelessly discarded by previous beach-goers, and various items that had washed in on the tides.
 
I enjoyed meeting them all, and it was great to hear them say how much fun this experience turned out to be-many also discussed how surprised they were by the amount of trash humans leave behind.

The Disney and ODA volunteers ready to go!The group told me they would love to participate in beach cleanups with ODA multiple times a year, and they now have a better understanding of how debris can alter marine ecosystems and endanger sea life.

As a member of the ODA Advisory Board, it makes my heart glad to see more people become not just aware-but involved!

Experiences like this, with these kinds of wonderful, caring people, definitely gives me more hope for our oceans.

Happy Disney VoluntEARS ready to collect trashDisney and Ocean Defenders Alliance clean the Orange County Beach togetherDisney VoluntEARS diligently scour the beach.

ODA shares our deep THANKS and appreciation to everyone involved!

[Editors note: sorry for the delayed posting everyone! Our technical difficulties have been resolved! And big kudos and thanks to our dear friend Cheryl McCarthy for her cheerful service to the oceans!]

Be sure to check out all the great pics from our fun and successful day caring for our precious sandy coastline!

Oct 09 2014

Defenders of the Deep

By Founder and President Kurt Lieber

video of Defenders of the DeepUSC Film Student Angus Yates produced a wonderful video on ODA titled "Defenders of the Deep"!

Please visit this webpage to watch this short film, loaded with beautiful underwater imagery and great information about ODA's marine debris removal work.

Read more: Defenders of the Deep

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  10. AmazonSmile - a new way to support ODA
  11. Earth Day in Action
  12. Ocean Wildlife Rescue
  13. Ocean Conservation Education
  14. Quest for New Marine Debris Removal Vessel
  15. Giant Abandoned Squid Net Removed
  16. 'Treasure Trove' of Traps
  17. ODA Trends Toward High-Tech
  18. ODA’s Record-Setting Year: 2013!
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  20. Ventura County Star Reports on ODA's Big Cleanup Effort
  21. Ocean Debris: Everything Including the Kitchen Sink!
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  23. A Season to Give Thanks
  24. Risso's Dolphins Ride the Waves with ODA
  25. Jonathan’s Pinnacle
  26. Channel Islands - Beauty and Debris
  27. LA Times Reports on ODA Video of Great White Shark
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  29. Supersized ODA Day - Big Bass and Huge Haul
  30. Operation Deep Sweep is Launched
  31. Killer Lobster Traps and 'Killer' Ocean Art
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  36. Releasing Trapped Critters and Clearing Paths for Whales
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  38. Dr. Sylvia Earle Dives in with ODA
  39. Barging in on Destruction
  40. Illegal Nets and Elusive Traps
  41. Advocating for Abalone
  42. Net Hunting off Huntington Beach
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  45. Dive in the Dark = Clean Veterans' Park
  46. Taming a Beast of a Net
  47. Ocean Poachers Beware
  48. BLUE Ocean, Suffering Seals
  49. Busy Days for ODA!
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  51. The Chemical Frankenstein
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  54. ODA’s Olympic Rapid Response!
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  58. Backyard Cleanup Campaign
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  63. In Memory of Mike LaPrade
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  80. Status & Field Report - Winter 2008
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  82. SSCS & ODA Fundraiser
  83. Status & Field Report - Summer 2006
  84. Status & Field Report - Spring 2006
  85. Olympic Wreck Mitigation
  86. Status & Field Report - Fall 2005
  87. Status & Field Report - September 2005
  88. Status & Field Report - Summer 2005
  89. Status & Field Report - April & May 2005
  90. Status & Field Report - March 2005
  91. 2004 Year End Review and Acknowledgements
  92. Status & Field Report - December 2004
  93. Status & Field Report - November 2004
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  95. Status & Field Report - Aug. & Sept. 2004
  96. Status & Field Report - July 2004
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