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Here we offer a variety of articles written by ODA about our activities or issues of concern.

Apr 12 2016

Spring cleaning and a change of scenery

Bob n Steve about to jump inAs March gave way to April, on March 31st I moved the LegaSea up to Oxnard to be closer to the northern Channel Islands.  The trip from San Pedro to Channel Islands Harbor is 54 miles, and it took 5 hours to complete the journey.

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Mar 28 2016

Spring Cleaning for the Ocean

Ocean Defenders volunteer crew with the recovered abandoned lobster traps.Springtime is here! Time to do spring cleaning!

So, that's just what our small but mighty crew of ocean defenders did this weekend.

Check out what our deep sweep brought up!

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Mar 23 2016

Inaugural Activities for ODA Hawai’i

ODA-HI Team: Mash Hatae, Doug Ewalt, Kurt Lieber, and Steve BoremanOur ODA-HI kick-off was great!

We have the best team, donated use of the perfect boat, and we even have support from the University of Hawai'i.

Come read all about it how these Ocean Defenders plan to keep ocean debris from marring this Paradise of the Pacific!

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Mar 18 2016

ODA Launches New Hawai’i Chapter

Ocean Defenders Alliance Hawai'i boatODA is very proud to announce, our first official chapter:

ODA Hawai'i!

Marine debris is a significant problem in the Aloha State's waters, with over 94 whale ghost gear entanglements since 2002.

Join us in celebrating the fact that whales and other marine life will be safer with ODA-HI on the job!

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Feb 11 2016

Super Haul Sunday

ODA Volunteer Deck Crew hauling up lobster trap with hoistSuper Bowl Sunday for some...

Super Haul Sunday for the ODA crew!!!

We really "scored" big time for the oceans. :)

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Jan 31 2016

Droning on About Efficiency

Ocean Defenders Alliance reconnaissance drone 'Lectric LindaThe newest piece of equipment in our arsenal to work for a debris-free sea!

Meet 'Lectric Linda - a helicopter drone, making our expeditions more efficient and effective.

Come see what she can do!

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Dec 31 2015

Lobster Trap Lines and Remnants Removed

Ocean Defenders Dive and Boat Crew with recovered lobster trap lines and remnantsYou may have heard about whales getting entangled in trap lines?

Our dedicated crew has removed 400 feet of this dangerous stuff!

Read and see the pics :)

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Dec 15 2015

Entanglements Impact on Whales

Whale entangled in fishing gearFor as yet unknown reasons, we have seen a four times increase in whale entanglements this year on the West Coast. 

Typically, we will get 12-14 per year, but have had over 60 reported sightings and 45 confirmed entanglements! This is not acceptable. See what we are learning...

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