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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

Jul 11 2014

Trap Removal at Cat Rock

Peter Fulks swimming through California kelp using dive scooterBy Founder and President Kurt Lieber

ODA Dive Crew experienced the beauty of California's coastal underwater world when we went to Cat Rock at Anacapa in the Channel Islands.

"Come along" for the dive and check out the dolphins, fish, and great haul-out of ocean debris!

Read more: Trap Removal at Cat Rock

Jul 10 2014

New Boat: help needed!

New ocean conservation vesselWe have some GREAT news to share: ODA now has a better vessel for our ocean defense mission!

It took quite a while to find the right one within our budget, but it was definitely worth the wait.

Once prepared, this used 50-foot Chris Craft boat will allow us to go further out to sea, stay out for multiple days, drastically reduce "down time" for maintenance, AND keep our divers safer.  All of this translates into more sea life defended and cleaner oceans!

Please read about the volunteer opportunities. We need ALL kinds of help to get the boat ready for action. Come have fun with us and be part of saving the oceans!

Read more: New Boat: help needed!

Jun 19 2014

Channel Islands National Park Applauds ODA's Work

CINMS FB coverphoto-smToday the Channel Islands National Park honored us with a very nice posting on Facebook.

We urge you to visit the page to LIKE and SHARE the posting!

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ODA is thrilled about the work we have been able to do in this sanctuary, and look forward to a lot more debris removal expeditions this summer.

If you would like to join us, please visit our volunteer page to apply!

Read more: Channel Islands National Park Applauds ODA's Work

May 30 2014

Saving Animals Makes a Memorable Memorial Day

or "Lobsters Have Feelers too"

By Founder and President Kurt Lieber

Ocean Defender Jennifer Verge on the conservation vessel <em>Clearwater</em>This was one of the most memorable Memorial Days I've ever had; maybe more so for some lobsters and sheep crabs!

Determined as ever to remove as much abandoned fishing gear as we can, ODA spent Memorial Day-not drinking beers and hangin' by the BBQ-but by getting up before sunrise, climbing aboard the Clearwater, and heading back to Anacapa Island in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.

Come along for the journey and read about this extraordinarly inspiring day!

Read more: Saving Animals Makes a Memorable Memorial Day

May 22 2014

Videos, Art, and all that Junk

 By Founder and President Kurt Lieber

ODA Dock Crew Brain Borgatello and Bennett Burnes with octopusWe were as happy as these two fantastic young volunteers when we successfully cleaned another portion of the Channel Islands Harbor!

Teamwork, fun, and sunshine were the perfect ingredients for our day of hard work dedicated to cleaning the ocean of all kinds of man-made debris.

Come read about this adventure and two more exciting days that were overflowing with ocean adventures!


Read more: Videos, Art, and all that Junk

May 08 2014

Marine Debris Sources - Ghost Fishing Gear

How We Are Ridding Anacapa Island of Man-made Debris

By Founder and President Kurt Lieber

Many trapped lobsters and sheep crabs in this abandoned lobster trap.With a hard-working volunteer crew of men and women, we headed back to Frenchy's Cove at Anacapa Island to do some more ocean cleanup work.

On previous trips, we had located a large number of abandoned lobster traps, so we went to retrieve them. Come along for the journey and see what else we found!

Read more: Marine Debris Sources - Ghost Fishing Gear

More Articles...

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