Here we offer a variety of articles written by ODA about our activities or issues of concern.
We 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!!
ODA 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!
Sad 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
On 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!
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!
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!
As 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.