Here we offer a variety of articles written by ODA about our activities or issues of concern.
We are so thankful for all of our hard-working Boat & Dive Crew!
Here you can see Diver Kim Cardenas locating an abanoned net. We are heading back soon to get it.
In the meantime, we removed other large and menacing items...
Whales off the coast of Southern California need our help!
They are swimming through a gaunlet of fishing lines and ghost gear.
Please join our "EYES ON THE WATER" effort! Come out on our boat and help us look for entangled whales. No skills needed other than that you love whales and want to help them!
Several huge traps are no longer menacing the ocean wildlife of Anacapa Island!
Our crew had a huge haul, and we want to share the adventure with you.
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!