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

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!
Jan 21 2014

by Founder and President Kurt Lieber

ODA Kids CrewAs the New Year begins and we all start to act on our resolutions, ODA is doing the same-and has started expanding our volunteer base by enlisting some enthusiastic young people from Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.  

It has been a dream of mine to somehow, someway, get young hearts and minds involved with ODA, not only to help with the manual labor of physically removing the man-made debris (although let's be honest, they have WAY more energy!), but also with the educational aspects of what we are all about: informing the public of the damage that this junk-our junk-creates within marine ecosystems.

Read more: ODA Heaves Heavy Harbor Haul with Help

More Articles...

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

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