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Does this statistic bother you too?
Every year, more than 600,000 tons of commercial fishing gear is lost in our global oceans.

We don’t like it either. Want to know what we do about it?
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YOU are vital in the fight against marine debris
We have the boats and we know where to find ghost gear and dangerous debris. Your financial support will help us get there!
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Are you ready to “dive in” with ODA?
There are many ways you can help: from right where you are, or you can join us on a boat or beach.
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We are defenders of the ocean
ODA volunteers can be vastly different in age, backgrounds, skillsets, and interests. But we come together for one shared cause: To clean our oceans and make them safer for all life.

Ocean Defenders Alliance

Operating from ship and shore, ODA's all-volunteer boat and dive crews remove derelict fishing nets, traps, lines, plastic, and other man-made debris threatening ocean wildlife and habitats.

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Ocean Defenders Alliance

Operating from ship and shore, ODA's all-volunteer boat and dive crews remove derelict fishing nets, traps, lines, plastic, and other man-made debris threatening ocean wildlife and habitats.

READ MORE

Crew and the Catch of the Day

Where we make a difference

 

ODA has two main geographical areas of operation. We have boats, divers, and onshore volunteers stationed in Southern California and the Hawaiian islands.

California

California

California has served as our homebase since ODA was founded in 2002. We remove debris of all kinds in the coastal waters and shorelines from San Diego to Ventura County.

Hawaii

Hawai'i

The high-volume of ocean debris in Hawai’i is alarming. Since 2017, we’ve had boats and volunteers on the Big Island and Oahu cleaning debris from beaches and in the water.

You are needed!

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Fuel ODA's boats, and sustain our efforts to clean our oceans.

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Dive in with us - on our boats, on shore, and from home.

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You want to know the latest & how to help: sign up now!

 

ODA's Articles

Read about ODA's actions and events in California, Hawaii, and elsewhere.

Seven Lobster Traps Out of Harm’s Way

We're in the business of making whales' (and dolphins', seals', fishes', and birds') lives better! That's why, when ODA volunteers are out on the ocean, they're keeping their eye peeled for debris....

ODA Works for Ocean Biodiversity Every Day

Celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) with us! Everything we do is with a long-term goal of ocean biodiversity. We share a short story and pictures on how we do it...

Three Ocean Debris Sites Cleaned in Oahu Waters

Recently, several of our proactive volunteers in Hawai'i got in the water for some debris cleanups! Check out the good work done on these three different outings...

All Systems Go…for Ocean Debris Removal

As soon as lockdown ends, we are READY to go! Come along on our socially-distanced maintenance run (these two are married!), where we prepared for a debris-removal expedition.

Individuals in Our Alliance Defend the Oceans

The state of our alliance is strong! Ocean Defenders ALLIANCE is fortunate to have hundreds of dedicated volunteers working for debris-free seas. Meet three of our Defenders!

Report Ocean Debris

If you see ocean debris please let us know right away! Visit our Debris Report page.