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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

Sep 12 2014

Inspired by Team Spirit

By Founder and President Kurt Lieber

vols-on-boat-250It's been "all hands on deck" for our dedicated volunteers lately as we work to get our new boat ready for action. The team spirit has been inspirational.

Your financial support--in any amount--will help get the retrofitting and repair work done. Quicker turnaround means more ocean wildlife saved and more ghost gear removed

Your urgently-needed donation will go towards repairing:

  • Equipment for hauling debris
  • Electronics
  • Plumbing

…and more!

We will not be able to clean the oceans and defend the critters of the deep without your help.

Thank you for helping make it happen!

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Aug 13 2014

Giant Sea Bass Count

By Founder and President Kurt Lieber


news 2014-08-13-04-Giant sea bass years agoFor many years, giant sea bass were taken from the ocean in large numbers and this greatly reduced their numbers.

Read about our participation in an effort to get a count on the giant sea bass currently existing in the coastal waters of Southern California.

We are always pleased to help scientists whenever we can. "Ocean conservation" is our middle name!

Read more: Giant Sea Bass Count

Jul 22 2014

Ton of Trash

By Founder and President Kurt Lieber

Ocean Defenders volunteer Dive & Onshore cleanup crewHere it is, the middle of summer and we rallied over 25 people to come out and help us with our fourth harbor cleanup!

The day started out with strange weather: It was humid, and it actually sprinkled a little rain on us.  The cloud cover helped to keep the temperature down, which was a welcome relief.

During our previous three campaigns to remove debris from the Channel Islands Harbor, we have removed an average of about 1,300 pounds of man-made junk.  Would we find that much stuff again?  Read on to find out more….

Read more: Ton of Trash

More Articles...

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