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