Here we offer a variety of articles written by ODA about our activities or issues of concern.
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!
Did you know that drift nets are still used off our California coast legally? I don’t think I have to tell you how destructive these “curtains of death” are, right? Learn about this issue and take action!
As March gave way to April, on March 31st I moved the LegaSea up to Oxnard to be closer to the northern Channel Islands. The trip from San Pedro to Channel Islands Harbor is 54 miles, and it took 5 hours to complete the journey.
Our ODA-HI kick-off was great!
We have the best team, donated use of the perfect boat, and we even have support from the University of Hawai'i.
Come read all about it how these Ocean Defenders plan to keep ocean debris from marring this Paradise of the Pacific!
ODA is very proud to announce, our first official chapter:
Marine debris is a significant problem in the Aloha State's waters, with over 94 whale ghost gear entanglements since 2002.
Join us in celebrating the fact that whales and other marine life will be safer with ODA-HI on the job!