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Feb 24 2015

Reconnaissance and Recruiting

By Founder and President Kurt Lieber

Anenome beingn damaged by abandoned fishing netIt breaks our hearts at Ocean Defenders Alliance (ODA) to see beautiful benthic life like this anemone CRUSHED by the weight of man-made debris.

We went on a reconnaissance mission to a location that had been reported to us as being covered in abandoned fishing net.

Sure enough...there was plenty of marine-life-killing ghost gear...

Read more: Reconnaissance and Recruiting

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.

Read more: Disney and ODA Team Up!

More Articles...

  1. Defenders of the Deep
  2. Orange County Newspaper Covers Mr. Barker's LegaSea
  3. Maiden Voyage of Mr. Barker's LegaSea
  4. Announcing Mr. Bob Barker's California Ocean Conservation 'LegaSea'
  5. Inspired by Team Spirit
  6. Giant Sea Bass Count
  7. Ton of Trash
  8. Trap Removal at Cat Rock
  9. New Boat: help needed!
  10. Channel Islands National Park Applauds ODA's Work
  11. Saving Animals Makes a Memorable Memorial Day
  12. Videos, Art, and all that Junk
  13. Marine Debris Sources - Ghost Fishing Gear
  14. AmazonSmile - a new way to support ODA
  15. Earth Day in Action
  16. Ocean Wildlife Rescue
  17. Ocean Conservation Education
  18. Quest for New Marine Debris Removal Vessel
  19. Giant Abandoned Squid Net Removed
  20. 'Treasure Trove' of Traps
  21. ODA Trends Toward High-Tech
  22. ODA’s Record-Setting Year: 2013!
  23. ODA Heaves Heavy Harbor Haul with Help
  24. Ventura County Star Reports on ODA's Big Cleanup Effort
  25. Ocean Debris: Everything Including the Kitchen Sink!
  26. Whales and Marine Debris
  27. A Season to Give Thanks
  28. Risso's Dolphins Ride the Waves with ODA
  29. Jonathan’s Pinnacle
  30. Channel Islands - Beauty and Debris
  31. LA Times Reports on ODA Video of Great White Shark
  32. Lobster-palooza
  33. Supersized ODA Day - Big Bass and Huge Haul
  34. Operation Deep Sweep is Launched
  35. Killer Lobster Traps and 'Killer' Ocean Art
  36. Ban on Otters Affects Abalone and Urchins
  37. Rebreathers Breathe Life into Our Ocean
  38. Helicopter Scouting Proves Fruitful
  39. Surprising (??) Amount of Trash Found on Deep-Sea Floor
  40. Releasing Trapped Critters and Clearing Paths for Whales
  41. Trap Lines Snag Dolphin - watch video
  42. Dr. Sylvia Earle Dives in with ODA
  43. Barging in on Destruction
  44. Illegal Nets and Elusive Traps
  45. Advocating for Abalone
  46. Net Hunting off Huntington Beach
  47. Hollywood Celebrity Bob Barker 'dives in' to save ocean animals!
  48. Bringing Marine Debris into the Light
  49. Dive in the Dark = Clean Veterans' Park
  50. Taming a Beast of a Net
  51. Ocean Poachers Beware
  52. BLUE Ocean, Suffering Seals
  53. Busy Days for ODA!
  54. Barging in on the Huntington Barge
  55. The Chemical Frankenstein
  56. The Waterman’s Ball, and a Watery Ball of Net
  57. Divers Double-dive for Dangerous Debris
  58. ODA’s Olympic Rapid Response!
  59. Assessing ODA’s Oceanic ‘Hood - ODA Field report 2012-07-26
  60. The Monster Trap - ODA Field Report 7-20-2012
  61. ODA Founder Kurt Lieber Earns Official Captain License
  62. Backyard Cleanup Campaign
  63. Long Beach Scuba Show – May 5, 2012
  64. ODA Field Report - 2012 - May 3rd: LA Harbor Lighthouse
  65. L.A. Harbor Loses Five Hundred Pounds... of Trash
  66. End of 2011 Report
  67. In Memory of Mike LaPrade
  68. March 2011 Update
  69. Status & Field Report - January 2011 ODA Takes on the African Queen (Episode 1)
  70. Status & Field Report - Fall 2010 New Generator Gives ODA More Power to get back in and under the water!
  71. Special Status & Field Report - Summer 2010 Clearwater Painted and Back in the Water!
  72. Special Status & Field Report - Spring 2010 - ODA takes a first-hand look at the BP Oil Spill Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico
  73. Status & Field Report - Spring 2010 - ODA Flagship "Clearwater" gets a much-needed makeover
  74. ODA 2010 Fundraiser Recap
  75. Status & Field Report - Jan. 2010 - Salvaging Sunken Batteries off Catalina Island
  76. 2009 Year End Review
  77. Status & Field Report - Oct. 2009 - New-Age Cowboys of the Sea Lasso Killer Net, In Record Time!
  78. Status & Field Report - Summer 2009 - Give Fish a Break!
  79. Status & Field Report - Summer 2009 - Busy with everything and meeting old friends
  80. Status & Field Report - Spring/Summer 2009 - Diving Deep to Clean-up the Caissons
  81. Scott Sheckman’s Draft Statement to the DOI/MMS
  82. Status & Field Report - Winter 2009 - Raising the Infidel Net
  83. Welcome, Clearwater!
  84. Status & Field Report - Winter 2008
  85. Fall 2006 - Year End Report
  86. SSCS & ODA Fundraiser
  87. Status & Field Report - Summer 2006
  88. Status & Field Report - Spring 2006
  89. Olympic Wreck Mitigation
  90. Status & Field Report - Fall 2005
  91. Status & Field Report - September 2005
  92. Status & Field Report - Summer 2005
  93. Status & Field Report - April & May 2005
  94. Status & Field Report - March 2005
  95. 2004 Year End Review and Acknowledgements
  96. Status & Field Report - December 2004
  97. Status & Field Report - November 2004
  98. Status & Field Report - October 2004
  99. Status & Field Report - Aug. & Sept. 2004
  100. Status & Field Report - July 2004
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