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Mar 20 2015

Whales Maimed and Killed by Ghost Gear

By Founder and President Kurt Lieber

Gray whale with no fluke cut off by abandoned fishing gearThis is a tragic picture!

It is very difficult to look at a whale with no fluke, but that is the reality of what abandoned fishing gear can do.

Please read about the two very recent ghost gear incidents in Southern California.

Read more: Whales Maimed and Killed by Ghost Gear

Mar 18 2015

Ghost Gear Galore

By Founder and President Kurt Lieber

Ocean Defender women with the "day's catch"Recently, we had a busy day both on- and off-shore!

At sea, we pulled up hazardous ghost gear, and on land, we educated the public at the Dana Point Whale Festival.

You will love the underwater pics of the dive crew doing their excavation work!

Read more: Ghost Gear Galore

Mar 16 2015

ODA Board Member Featured in National Geographic Magazine

By Founder and President Kurt Lieber

National Geographic Magazine article on Bonnie MonteleoneWe are very proud of one of our board members who is currently being featured in National Geographic's online Voices "Ocean Views" section.

We invite you to click to read more and learn who it is and what it's about!


Read more: ODA Board Member Featured in National Geographic Magazine

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

Jan 15 2015

2015 Launches with Whale Sitings and Ghost Gear Removal

Gray whale off coast of Palos VerdesWith the holidays behind us, and the upgrades to our boat (the LegaSea) finally completed, our awesome volunteers are ready to jump into 2015 with renewed energy and purpose!  On Saturday, January 10th and Sunday the 11th, we took the boat out and kicked-off our new year.

Read more: 2015 Launches with Whale Sitings and Ghost Gear Removal

Jan 09 2015

Whales Starve With Bellies Full of Trash

By Founder and President Kurt Lieber

Sei whale We take a look at some new facts about ocean debris shared recently by National Geographic.

This is what makes us tick! We are the Ocean Cleanup Crew for the whales and all the other ocean life that is in danger from manmade trash and ghost gear.

Gain some knowledge and find out what you can do!

Read more: Whales Starve With Bellies Full of Trash

Dec 31 2014

More Whales Close to Shore Increases Entanglement Risk

By Founder & President Kurt Lieber

Ocean Defenders of humpback whalesGood and bad news for whales! Read about increased food sources that are drawing whales in closer to shore.

Read more: More Whales Close to Shore Increases Entanglement Risk

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