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Apr 21 2014

 

By Founder and President Kurt Lieber

news 2013-1216-TimnbackofshirtApril 22nd marks the 54th anniversary of Earth Day.  While most countries will celebrate this day with lots of green festivities, I want to talk about some of the exceptional things that people involved with Ocean Defender's Alliance (ODA) do on a regular basis.  I don't mean what ODA the organization has done; I update you on that all the time!  Rather, on this special day I want to share stories about some of ODA's proactive volunteers.

Read more: Earth Day in Action
Apr 16 2014

By Founder and President Kurt Lieber

Kurt Lieber releases two lobsters that were trapped in cages!As you may recall, last month we were alerted to an unattached net within the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, just off the coast of Anacapa Island near a site called Frenchy's Cove.  We removed about 600 pounds of squid net on March 30th, but we ran out of air and couldn't get it all.  This time, we were going back to the site with re-breather (RB) divers who can stay down for over three hours if necessary.  And I thought we'd need them since we didn't know how much more net was left to remove.

Read more: Ocean Wildlife Rescue
Apr 08 2014

ODA shares at school

By Founder and President Kurt Lieber

Kurt Lieber teaches ocean conservation education and the kids ask questions!In addition to conducting debris removal dives, I've been giving lots of presentations lately.

I thought I'd share a couple of them with you, including some pictures of the fun!  I sure wish that during my school years, I had had the opportunity to learn about issues like ocean health from people who were working in the field. My hope is that the pictures and video I share with these students will bring these issues to life for them.

Read more: Ocean Conservation Education
Apr 03 2014

New ocean defense vessel for life-saving operations!In order to clean more oceans and save more marine wildlife, ODA needs to replace our current vessel.

Thankfully, a generous donor has created a matching fund of $75,000! Donations received by May 1st for the purchase and refit of ODA's "new" used vessel will be DOUBLED, up to a total of $75,000!

Read more: Quest for New Marine Debris Removal Vessel
Mar 25 2014

Death Mesh Decommissioned

By Founder and President Kurt Lieber

ODA Volunteer SCUBA Divers cutting squid net away for removalAbandoned fishing gear is a hazard to all marine wildlife: plant and animal, mammal and fish, crustacean and bird, as well as the largely unknown benthic life.

Our Volunteer Dive & Boat Crew recently had a gratifying expedition, returning to shore with over 600 pounds of abandoned squid net!

Read about our adventure and see the step-by-step pictures of the removal activity.

Read more: Giant Abandoned Squid Net Removed
Mar 03 2014

By Founder and President Kurt Lieber

Lobsters  caught in trapOne of ODA's intrepid underwater explorers has been at it again!  

While searching for more marine life to shoot, with his video camera, Walter Marty stumbled upon a huge pile of abandoned lobster and crab traps.

We consider this a "treasure trove" because the more traps we can find and remove, the better! The fishermen who originally set them have since lost them or left them behind, but the traps continue to indiscriminately kill marine life.

As soon as Walter returned home, he called me to tell me about this heap of marine debris.

Read more: 'Treasure Trove' of Traps
Feb 14 2014

By Founder and President Kurt Lieber

news news 2014-02-08-Dominique-Jim-and-screensLR 1559-800Ocean Defenders Alliance (ODA) has been busy lately, recently removing over a ton of debris-much of it toxic-from under some boat slips ("parking areas") in the Channel Islands Harbor.  

We've been doing that by putting our veteran volunteer divers in the water, and when they locate something having them attach a line to it so our topside volunteers can haul it up to the surface.

This is a very laborious process and we've been hoping to find people and/or technology with the means to help us locate debris without having to put divers in the water.  That is where our new friends with the Ventura County Sheriff's Department Search and Rescue Team come in!

Read more: ODA Trends Toward High-Tech
Feb 11 2014

By Founder and President Kurt Lieber

ODA Volunteer Divers with sea lionI am thrilled to offer you a brief report on Ocean Defender Alliance's (ODA) activities in 2013.

We had a truly remarkable year and set SIX NEW ODA RECORDS!!!

As you may recall, our primary goal for the year was removal of harmful marine debris from areas within the Channel Islands, which have overlapping designations as a National Marine Sanctuary, National Park, and California State Marine Protected Area.

Read more: ODA’s Record-Setting Year: 2013!

More Articles...

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

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