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Jul 06 2016

Wetlands Plastic Debris - Your ODA Team is on the Job

Oceand Defending volunteers with pile of plastic trashWe can't help but share with you a quote by Margaret Meade right now: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

Yes, indeed, a small group of ocean defenders made a difference for the wildlife and waters at the wetlands of Bolsa Chica. See what they did!!

Read more: Wetlands Plastic Debris - Your ODA Team is on the Job

Jun 30 2016

NBC Los Angeles Covers ODA Efforts to Save Whales

NBC4 Los Angeles interviews Kurt LieberODA and the whales we work to defend got a few minutes on the news the other night!

We want as many people as possible to understand the problem lobster traps are causing whales on the coast of California.

Watch the two-minute piece!

Read more: NBC Los Angeles Covers ODA Efforts to Save Whales

Jun 28 2016

Whale Entanglements: A preventable problem

news 2016 06 28 blue whale nbcSad news: another whale entangled in ghost gear off the coast os Southern California.

Watch our 30-second video to see what your Ocean Defenders are doing to prevent these gentle giants from suffering because of manmade debris.

Photo credit: KNBC Los Angeles

Read more: Whale Entanglements: A preventable problem

Jun 15 2016

Hauling and stalling in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

news 160615 1 01 2016 06 12 Crew before departure 800wOn Sunday, June 12th, we headed out of Channel Islands Harbor (Oxnard, CA) to see about fulfilling Mr. (Bob) Barker’s LegaSea; of course we did this on our our conservation vessel of the same name.

As soon as we pushed past the harbor breakwall, I could tell we were going to have excellent conditions for motoring out to Anacapa Island.  Seas were flat, and even though there was thick cloud cover, the clouds were up at 3,000 feet or so.  We could not only see Anacapa in its entirety, we could also see Santa Cruz Island from one end to the other.  Wow, what a remarkable scene!

Read more: Hauling and stalling in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

Jun 05 2016

Defending marine life for World Oceans Day!

Abandoned net from under Newport Beach pierWith summer now in full swing, your ODA team finally got the chance to remove an abandoned net found by Jim McKeeman and Mike Coufer.

The deadly net was underneath the Newport Beach (CA) pier, and we’d been trying to remove it for 2 months! Unfortunately, high winds and big waves forced us to cancel 7 dives in a row. It felt like destiny that we removed this deadly net so close to World Oceans Day (June 8th), and we are thrilled to be able to accomplish this achievement for the seas!

Read more: Defending marine life for World Oceans Day!

May 25 2016

To save our salty ocean friends!

RallyKurt attended a small, but energetic, rally on Tuesday, May 24th to show our support of California Senate Bill 1114.  This bill, if passed, will put an end to the driftnet industry off the coast of California.

Read more: To save our salty ocean friends!

May 18 2016

End drift net killing! Urgent call to Action for all Ocean Defenders and Allies!

A grey mother whale and her calf entangled and killed in drift net.Did you know that drift nets are still used off our California coast legally?  I don’t think I have to tell you how destructive these “curtains of death” are, right?  Learn about this issue and take action!

Read more: End drift net killing! Urgent call to Action for all Ocean Defenders and Allies!

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.

Read more: Spring cleaning and a change of scenery

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