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Here we offer a variety of articles written by ODA about our activities or issues of concern.

May 04 2015

NBC News Features ODA

Did you see the feature about ODA on the NBC News this week (on May 3rd or 4th)?

nbc news logoIf you did and want to see it again...OR...if you missed it, just click on the NBC logo to watch the 3-minute video!

Read more: NBC News Features ODA

Apr 23 2015

Breakthrough at the Breakwall

By Founder and President Kurt Lieber

ODA's boat Bob Barker's LegaSea near lighthouseWe just discovered a new way to find marine debris!

Near Angel's Gate (off the San Pedro coast), we had uplifiting encounters with wildlife and an uplifting recovery of debris...

Read more: Breakthrough at the Breakwall

Apr 22 2015

Happy Ocean-filled Earth Day

By Founder and President Kurt Lieber

Happy ocean-filled earth dayWe all know that the earth is 70% ocean.

With that in mind, I would like to share an inspiring article (and video!) with my fellow ocean defenders.

Read more: Happy Ocean-filled Earth Day

Apr 20 2015

TakePart Mag Shares ODA's Mission to Eradicate Ghost Gear

Recently, the TakePart (online magazine) team joined our ODA Dive & Boat Crew on a marine debris removal outing.

We journeyed to the sunken wreck African Queen and captured some great footage of the Dive Team removing deadly ghost nets and releasing live animals.

The culminated footage makes a great 3-minute watch, and the article is thorough and well-researched on the wide-ranging aspects of the marine debris issue.

Read this informative article now and watch the video!


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Apr 14 2015

Pacific Coast Forage Fish Protected

By Founder and President Kurt Lieber

Underwater school of forage fishSometimes there actually IS good news!

The U.S. government agency that manages fishing on the country's West Coast announced a decision that ODA applauds.

Read more: Pacific Coast Forage Fish Protected

Apr 07 2015

The Path of a Cigarette Butt from the Gutter to the Ocean

By Founder and President Kurt Lieber

Ocean Defender Kurt Leiber with man-made debris, trash, and lobster traps that were hauled out of the oceanOur friend Captain Ryan Lawler of Newport Coastal Adventures (whale watching!) alerted us to an article in the LA Times which chronicles the 13-mile journey of a cigarette butt. 

It starts inland in the hills and floats through various waterways ending up in our beautiful ocean.

I have seen plenty of these toxic sticks in the ocean myself, and have a few thoughts to share about it.

Read more: The Path of a Cigarette Butt from the Gutter to the Ocean

Apr 01 2015

The Joy of Hoisting and Removing Abandoned Lobster Traps

By Founder and President Kurt Lieber

ODA Boat Crewmember Dave Merrill releases a sheep crabWhen lobster hunting season ends, we hit the waters ASAP so we can start removing abandoned traps.

Sure enough, we found them!

And we released some live...

Read more: The Joy of Hoisting and Removing Abandoned Lobster Traps

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

More Articles ...

  1. Ghost Gear Galore
  2. ODA Board Member Featured in National Geographic Magazine
  3. Reconnaissance and Recruiting
  4. 2015 Launches with Whale Sitings and Ghost Gear Removal
  5. Whales Starve With Bellies Full of Trash
  6. More Whales Close to Shore Increases Entanglement Risk
  7. Disney and ODA Team Up!
  8. Top-Rated Nonprofit Award from GreatNonprofits
  9. Mr. Barker's LegaSea Featured in Boating News
  10. Eat a Meal and Support ODA
  11. Defenders of the Deep
  12. Orange County Newspaper Covers Mr. Barker's LegaSea
  13. Maiden Voyage of Mr. Barker's LegaSea
  14. Announcing Mr. Bob Barker's California Ocean Conservation 'LegaSea'
  15. Inspired by Team Spirit
  16. Giant Sea Bass Count
  17. Ton of Trash
  18. Trap Removal at Cat Rock
  19. New Boat: help needed!
  20. Channel Islands National Park Applauds ODA's Work
  21. Saving Animals Makes a Memorable Memorial Day
  22. Videos, Art, and all that Junk
  23. Marine Debris Sources - Ghost Fishing Gear
  24. AmazonSmile - a new way to support ODA
  25. Earth Day in Action
  26. Ocean Wildlife Rescue
  27. Ocean Conservation Education
  28. Quest for New Marine Debris Removal Vessel
  29. Giant Abandoned Squid Net Removed
  30. 'Treasure Trove' of Traps
  31. ODA Trends Toward High-Tech
  32. ODA’s Record-Setting Year: 2013!
  33. ODA Heaves Heavy Harbor Haul with Help
  34. Ventura County Star Reports on ODA's Big Cleanup Effort
  35. Ocean Debris: Everything Including the Kitchen Sink!
  36. Whales and Marine Debris
  37. A Season to Give Thanks
  38. Risso's Dolphins Ride the Waves with ODA
  39. Jonathan’s Pinnacle
  40. Channel Islands - Beauty and Debris
  41. LA Times Reports on ODA Video of Great White Shark
  42. Lobster-palooza
  43. Supersized ODA Day - Big Bass and Huge Haul
  44. Operation Deep Sweep is Launched
  45. Killer Lobster Traps and 'Killer' Ocean Art
  46. Ban on Otters Affects Abalone and Urchins
  47. Rebreathers Breathe Life into Our Ocean
  48. Helicopter Scouting Proves Fruitful
  49. Surprising (??) Amount of Trash Found on Deep-Sea Floor
  50. Releasing Trapped Critters and Clearing Paths for Whales
  51. Trap Lines Snag Dolphin - watch video
  52. Dr. Sylvia Earle Dives in with ODA
  53. Barging in on Destruction
  54. Illegal Nets and Elusive Traps
  55. Advocating for Abalone
  56. Net Hunting off Huntington Beach
  57. Hollywood Celebrity Bob Barker 'dives in' to save ocean animals!
  58. Bringing Marine Debris into the Light
  59. Dive in the Dark = Clean Veterans' Park
  60. Taming a Beast of a Net
  61. Ocean Poachers Beware
  62. BLUE Ocean, Suffering Seals
  63. Busy Days for ODA!
  64. Barging in on the Huntington Barge
  65. The Chemical Frankenstein
  66. The Waterman’s Ball, and a Watery Ball of Net
  67. Divers Double-dive for Dangerous Debris
  68. ODA’s Olympic Rapid Response!
  69. Assessing ODA’s Oceanic ‘Hood - ODA Field report 2012-07-26
  70. The Monster Trap - ODA Field Report 7-20-2012
  71. ODA Founder Kurt Lieber Attends Coast Guard Captain’s Course
  72. Backyard Cleanup Campaign
  73. Long Beach Scuba Show – May 5, 2012
  74. ODA Field Report - 2012 - May 3rd: LA Harbor Lighthouse
  75. L.A. Harbor Loses Five Hundred Pounds... of Trash
  76. End of 2011 Report
  77. In Memory of Mike LaPrade
  78. March 2011 Update
  79. Status & Field Report - January 2011 ODA Takes on the African Queen (Episode 1)
  80. Status & Field Report - Fall 2010 New Generator Gives ODA More Power to get back in and under the water!
  81. Special Status & Field Report - Summer 2010 Clearwater Painted and Back in the Water!
  82. Special Status & Field Report - Spring 2010 - ODA takes a first-hand look at the BP Oil Spill Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico
  83. Status & Field Report - Spring 2010 - ODA Flagship "Clearwater" gets a much-needed makeover
  84. ODA 2010 Fundraiser Recap
  85. Status & Field Report - Jan. 2010 - Salvaging Sunken Batteries off Catalina Island
  86. 2009 Year End Review
  87. Status & Field Report - Oct. 2009 - New-Age Cowboys of the Sea Lasso Killer Net, In Record Time!
  88. Status & Field Report - Summer 2009 - Give Fish a Break!
  89. Status & Field Report - Summer 2009 - Busy with everything and meeting old friends
  90. Status & Field Report - Spring/Summer 2009 - Diving Deep to Clean-up the Caissons
  91. Scott Sheckman’s Draft Statement to the DOI/MMS
  92. Status & Field Report - Winter 2009 - Raising the Infidel Net
  93. Welcome, Clearwater!
  94. Status & Field Report - Winter 2008
  95. Fall 2006 - Year End Report
  96. SSCS & ODA Fundraiser
  97. Status & Field Report - Summer 2006
  98. Status & Field Report - Spring 2006
  99. Olympic Wreck Mitigation
  100. Status & Field Report - Fall 2005
  101. Status & Field Report - September 2005
  102. Status & Field Report - Summer 2005
  103. Status & Field Report - April & May 2005
  104. Status & Field Report - March 2005
  105. 2004 Year End Review and Acknowledgements
  106. Status & Field Report - December 2004
  107. Status & Field Report - November 2004
  108. Status & Field Report - October 2004
  109. Status & Field Report - Aug. & Sept. 2004
  110. Status & Field Report - July 2004
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